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Relive ‘ITA VRG 35 Pozzuolo-Paciano’

Monday 35° / 21 ° CTuesday 37° / 20 ° CWednesday 36° / 20 ° C
Place of Departure POZZUOLO
Place of Arrival PACIANO
Length – KM
21
Nation of the route Italy
Region Umbria
Uphill Gap
201
Downhill Gap
186
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability Foot
File (.KMZ) to follow the way File .kmz
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CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO owes its name to the crest or emblem of the family who ruled there; in fact Castiglione derives from Castellum Leonis (the Lion Castle) that became Castellioni. The town grew up on an important route running between Arezzo, Chiusi and Orvieto. It was a disputed area, beginning with Etruscans and Romans, and later between Siena, growing like a wedge as a newly born city-state between Volterra to the west and Arezzo and Perugia to the east. Conflicts caused much disruption to the original border fortifications, which were continually reshaped and repositioned. Founded by the Etruscans who called it Novum Clusium (the New Chiusi) on an island on the Lake, the fourth island of Lake Trasimeno – the other three islands are Maggiore, Minore and Polvese – it was probably connected with the mainland by a causeway. Its square grid suggests a Hellenistic foundation. emerging out of the Middle Ages as a castle, it became the seat of a Marquis in the 16th century and the Corgna family had the privilege of enjoying the prestigious Palace frescoed by the artist Pomarancio.

 Things to see: Ducal Palace, or Corgna Palace, the only Royal palace in Umbria, with beautifully frescoed rooms by the artists Pomarancio and Salvio Salvini, among them the Main Hall and the Throne Room (the paintings illustrate mythological subjects) and also the deeds of Marquis Ascanio della Corgna, commissioned by Marquis Diomede della Corgna, on the ground floor which was by the family as an intellectuals drawing room. The fine frescoes illustrate upside-down histories of the world, Diana and Callistos (done by Salvini). Of the original furniture only 24 chairs remain. Castello del Leone: peculiar for its triangular tower. Originally built under Friedrich II Hohenstaufen, it was restored by Friar Elias of Cortona, and Marquis Ascanio I gave it its present shape. It is connected to the Ducal Palace by a fine walkway behind the crenellations giving onto the lake. The town is still encircled by he original defense walls with three gates: Perugina, Florentine and Sienese. The town plan, based on the number three was conceived by Galeazzo Alessi, after Vignola’s and suggestions from Ascanio della Corgna.

POZZUOLO UMBRO (Simply = Pozzuolo) is a locality in the Municipality of Castiglione del Lago (Perugia), 8 Km from the Town Hall. It dates back to the Early Middle Ages, on the hills west of Lake Trasimeno which are a watershed between the Lake and the Val di Chiana of Siena. Franco Rasetti , a collaborator of Enrico Fermi was born here and had originally trained as a paleontologist. Pozzuolo’s attractions are its beautifully cultivated countryside, its agriturismo establishments, cellars and olive oil presses. Before resuming our walk in the direction of Paciano, we cannot forget to visit Castiglione del Lago, interesting for its position, but most of all for its monuments and its historical centre. Having visited Castiglione del Lago we shall return to the watershed, bearing in mind that the ancient road has been completely paved with tarmac, although it has been in existence since the Etruscans because it kept them out of the marshes, today reclaimed and luscious. We continue to admire this luxuriant landscape, with pleasant view on the two twin lakes, and farmhouses standing conspicuous on top of their rolling hills. If we are well informed we may come across Etruscan tombs dug in the ground and only visible to the well informed.

Leaving Pozzuolo we take the road to Gioiella,  a small village on the ridge, that we reach after 4.5 kilometers of paved road, without getting to Casamaggiore, due to interruption of the path (in this way we don’t follow the instructions of the guide, at least until the Municipality of Cstiglione del Lago will reopen the route).  We carry on toward Vaiano and after 2,3 Km we halt to visit an Etruscan burial chamber underground, recently restored and open to the public, provided with explanatory boards. In 2 Km we shall reach the hamlet of Vaiano. After 1,5 Km there is a crossroad: to the left is Villastrada a pleasant hamlet with restoration, and a little beyond we shall admire some very ancient olive trees; we shall cross yet another pleasant hamlet: Cimbano, and beyond we shall come to a more recent village: Cantagallina, On an obviously ancient route once dotted with Etruscan farms. At this point we leave the ridge and descend for 2 Km toward State highway 71, and the railway, and after that we walk uphill towards Paciano, our goal for the day. Once approached the railway we turn left and follow the railway for 1,5 Km and turn right. We cross the railway and the Sh71, and in 500 m we have reached the main Canal of the valley, which we cross and start going gently uphill for 3,5 Km to reach Paciano.

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani end Download File PDF


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How to arrive

From airport (ROMA CIAMPINO, ROMA FIUMICINO) to Roma/Termini FS Railway Station; from PERUGIA to Perugia FS Railway Station TRAIN – (www.trenitalia.com) Roma  FS Railway Station- Castiglion del Lago FS Railway Station BUS/LOCAL TRAIN – bus route from Perugia (www.umbriamobilita.it/public/resources/linee//E020.pdf) to Castiglion del Lago; from Castiglion del Lago (www.umbriamobilita.it/public/resources/linee//E109.pdf)

Where to eat

  TYPICAL DISHES = Inorvieto TYPICAL DISHES = Tipicamenteumbria TYPICAL DISHES = Umbriaonline
Conad Via Garibaldi – 06061 GIOIELLA CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO
Conad Via Fioretti,22 – 06067 POZZUOLO CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO
Conad Via Nazionale,32 – 06067 POZZUOLO CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO
Coop Largo Unità d’Italia,7 – FABRO SCALO
Albergo “Il Casale” Via Cerreto, 50 – 06060 PACIANO – PG 075-830465 348-3018414 info@ristoranteilcasale.it;
ristoranteilcasale@hotmail.com
www.ristoranteilcasale.it/
Arrangement
Agriturismo Poderaccio Alto Via Poderaccio Alto,16 – 06060 PACIANO PG 075 9001029 / 348 4664618 / 334 1153273 info@poderaccioalto.it www.poderaccioalto.it
Arrangement 
Agriturismo La Terrazza Cantagallina, 06061 CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO – PG 075-837326 papalini66@libero.it

Where to sleep

Albergo “Il Casale” Via Cerreto, 50 – 06060 PACIANO – PG 075-830465 348-3018414 info@ristoranteilcasale.it;
ristoranteilcasale@hotmail.com
www.ristoranteilcasale.it/
Arrangement
Agriturismo Poderaccio Alto Via Poderaccio Alto,16 – 06060 PACIANO PG 075 9001029 / 348 4664618 / 334 1153273 info@poderaccioalto.it www.poderaccioalto.it
Arrangement 
Agriturismo La Terrazza Cantagallina, 06061 CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO – PG 075-837326 papalini66@libero.it
B&B Galletto di Marzo 06060 PACIANO – PG 349-0803800 gallettodimarzo@hotmail.it www.casalegallettodimarzo.it
Appartamenti Tenuta Badia 99 via degli Etruschi 39, 06060 PACIANO – PG 075-830166 info@vacanzeideali.it

Bike Service

Agriturismo Poderaccio Alto Via Poderaccio Alto,16 – 06060 PACIANO PG 075 9001029 / 348 4664618 / 334 1153273 info@poderaccioalto.it www.poderaccioalto.it
Arrangement 

Horseway-Service

Pilgrim Service

COMUNE DI PACIANO Piazza della Repubblica,4 – 06060 PACIANO PG 075 830186 info@comune.paciano.pg.it www.comune.paciano.pg.it

Photos from the Track

Paciano

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