Castiglione Del Lago, Italy

We awoke to a beautiful day and decided to explore nearby Castiglione del Lago, just a 10-minute drive from Camucia and Cortona. We left our vacation rental, La Mucchia Casa Vacanze, below, and snapped a few shots along the way…

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze road view, blue skyCamucia and Cortona below

Cortona and corn fieldFog along the hills

Cortona fog along mountain, corn fieldArriving at Castiglione del Lago’s gate to the town overlooking Lake Trasimeno – there is public parking right outside the gate. Learn more about the history at:

 Castiglione del Lago town gate

Some signs around town give some history…Castiglione del Lago info sign

Castiglione del Lago historyThe main piazza…

Castiglione piazza fountain vert view

Castiglione piazza bell tower

Jamie fattoria, Castiglione

Castiglione del Lago piazza and fountain

Castiglione del Lago fountain & gate to lakeChecking out the Ristorante Monna Lisa on the piazza. Their menu looks good, but we have a bit until they open so we’re off to explore the town.Castiglione Wally Monna Lisa menu

Castiglione del Lago Wally, Monna Lisa board Castiglione del Lago Hotel Miralago

The shops in these little Italian towns do such a good job of enticing you to check out their wares with them arranged attractively outside the shops.

Castiglione del Lago enoteca, church, ball

Castiglione del Lago dried goods

Castiglione del Lago dried mushrooms

Castiglione del Lago church & sky

Castiglione del Lago Maddalena church sign

These little figures caught my eye up on a second story window ledge…Love them!

Castiglione del Lago ledge figures

Castiglione del Lago main street view

Love the rooster weather vane and the red tile roofs

Castiglione del Lago red roof & rooster vane

Castiglione del Lago Jamie on wall 2

Castiglione del Lago saint over door arch

Castiglione del Lago church saint & door

There are several ceramics and pottery artists in town. The red poppy table was lovely.

Castiglione del Lago ceramics, poppy table

Castiglione del Lago ceramic plaques on wall

Castiglione del Lago ceramics, wheat plates

Inside I met the kind proprietor and he showed me around the shop. I just wish he had spoken English so I could have understood more about their wares.

Castiglione del Lago ceramic shop owner

Castiglione del Lago ceramic shopAround the corner was another shop, and Stefania, was also in residence. She does exceptionally fine painting.

Castiglione del Lago Ceramics, Stefanie

Castiglione del Lago ceramic, grape platter

Castiglione del Lago ceramic grape urn

Castiglione del Lago ceramics spoon restsAnd look – she’s the creator of the little ledge figures! Her red and yellow pieces were bright and cheery, but as with most of the ceramics and pottery, pricey!

Castiglione del Lago yellow & red ceramics, ledge figures

Castiglione del Lago red & yellow ceramic, jester

Castiglione del Lago red & yellow ceramics

Castiglione del Lago Jamie and monument

We next wandered towards the Fortress to go for a tour… The huge ancient olive trees drew me like a bee to honey…

Castiglione del Lago ancient olives, fortress

Wow! These were the biggest olive trees we saw the entire trip in Italy. How amazing that they live with those gnarled hollow trunks and still are producing abundant olive harvests!

Castiglione del Lago ancient olive trunk

Castiglione del Lago olives clsup

Castiglione del Lago ancient olive orchard, blue sky

Castiglione del Lago ancient olive groveSo after walking through the olive grove, we realized we had to back track and go through the Palazzo della Corgna building to start the tour of the Fortress.

Castiglione del Lago street light, fortressEnter here for the tour of the Palazzo and Fortress…     Castiglione del Lago Palazzo della Corgna exterior

Castiglione del Lago Municipo signInside the frescos on the ceilings and walls are FABULOUS! I had to sneak a sampling of just a few so you wouldn’t miss out. They also have a nice display of Etruscan finds, furniture and more.

Castiglione del Lago Palazzo della Corgna ceiling fresco

Castiglione del Lago Palazzo della Corgna vert room

Castiglione Palazzo della Corgna ceiling hori

Castiglione Palazzo della Corgna ceiling nude womenYou exit from the Palazzo to the entry of the single-file fortress covered walkway. I bet children, especially boys would love this tour!

Castiglione del Lago fortress covered walkway vertHere we go..

Castiglione del Lago Wally fortress walk entrance

Castiglione del Lago fortress interior walkway

Castiglione del Lago fortress walk, wally

Castiglione del Lago fortess walk opening to olive

Castiglione del Lago fortress walk open to lake

They must hold community productions in this outdoor amphitheater area. What an amazing venue! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch a play or concert with that view?   Castiglione del Lago Fortress theaterHere are some views from the tower tops and some panoramas I did with my phone…

Castiglione del Lago fortress walls view pano

Castiglione del Lago lake and wall top

Castiglione del Lago Lake Trasimeno, fortress

Castiglione del Lago Fortress, olives, sky

Castiglione del Lago Lake Trasimeno  Castiglione del Lago pano wall top, sky

Castiglione del Lago pano, lakes to wall

Castiglione del Lago Wally on walk   Castiglione del Lago tower and wallTo one side of Castiglione del Lago is Tuscany, and in the other direction, Umbria

Castiglione del Lago red tile rooftops of town

Castiglione del Lago Lake Trasimeno, fortress

Castiglione del Lago Lake TrasimenoDone with our fortress tour, we wandered back down a different street towards the piazza and lunch at Ristorante Monna Lisa.

Castiglione del Lago Ristorante La Cantina

Castiglione del Lago peach and stone bldg

Castiglione del Lago pasta sign

Castiglione del Lago Jamie corner bldg

Castiglione del Lago carved bldg, shop

Castiglione del Lago javelina & cheeseWe were still a bit early for lunch so we decided to do a little shopping at the corner store. The friendly sales girl had given us lots of samples earlier, along with a coupon for a discount on purchases.

Castiglione del Lago salesgirl in shopWe chose one of the small-handled cutting boards made of olive. Olive wood is VERY hard and heavy, so small was all we could take to pack.

Castiglione del Lago olive boards & bowls

Castiglione del Lago olive boards

Castiglione del Lago pasta and olive board They had lots of pasta, herbs and spices…Castiglione del Lago dried herbsLocal varieties of honey and jams, which we picked out a few for the moms…

Castiglione del Lago honeyShe tried to sell us on their “speciality” male pasta – but we passed.

Castiglione del Lago shop girl, pastaLocal wine, flavorings and olives…

Castiglione del Lago shop wines and jamsCheese – please! We got a few chunks of cheese and some wild boar salami for our appetizer supplies.

Castiglione del Lago cheese rounds 1

The shopkeeper was very nice and they packed it all up for us and held it until after our  lunch.

Castiglione del Lago shopkeeperSpeaking of lunch – it’s time! Castiglione Monna Lisa entrance topWe picked a table outside so we could people watch.

Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa outside table, wallyWe heard a bunch of giggling and then lots of cracking and explosions!! I whirled around to capture the local children setting off fireworks!

Castiglione del Lago firecracker kidsNow what to eat…

Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa menuWine of course, and some brushetta with local specialty toppings to start

Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa, Wally Brushetta

Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa bruschetta

Jamie bruschetta

The sky had been getting cloudy and after getting started on our brushetta, it started to rain. We moved inside, along with other diners flocking inward, and the dining room filled up all at once! Luckily we had already placed our order and gotten our wine, so we were ahead of the crowd! The Monna Lisa had several seafood and local fish from the lake on the menu. I can’t remember what my seafood entree was called, but it was clean-plate delicious! Not a drop left!

Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa Jamie's entree

Wally chose a local Lake Trasimeno whole fish and it was tasty too. Castiglione del Lago Monna Lisa Wally's fish sideSo full and relaxed it was back to La Mucchia Casa Vacanze…

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze gate view, blue skyHere’s a back view – the pool was covered for winter but would be a very nice place to hang out when warm. La Mucchia Casa Vacanze back view

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze vert doorway  These little guys were darting around the porch. La Mucchia Casa Vacanze little lizardsA snail in the garden

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze snail in garden

The BBQ grill next to the pool

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze bbq grill

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze grapes

La Mucchia Casa Vacanze pomegranateEvening and time to sample some Chianti…

La Mucchia chianti bottle & geranium

I hope you enjoyed our visit to Castiglione del Lago and the Fortress today – we did!

Castiglione del Lago tower and wall

Castiglione del Lago fortress walk & towerNext adventure, the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore Benedictine Monastery, Winery and 800-year-old pharmacy  ~ and Pienza, renowned for their Pecorino cheese.


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  1. Ana Carolina Bardi

    Hello!! I was looking at your photos! they are beautiful! I was in Cortona last September, in 2015 and I want to go back in December, however, I am afraid of the weather. When did you go?

    • We’ve only been in October and are currently here now (July ’16). So not sure of the Dec weather. The weather patterns have been unusual this past year in the U.S. and here in Europe, so might find a mild winter or could be a blizzard. Who knows! Check with vacation rental owners on their suggestions.

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