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Borghetto

Street and number Borghetto
City Tuoro sul Trasimeno
Country ITA

Borghetto is one of Tuoro sul Trasimeno’s parishes. Historical records attest to the passage, in 217 BC, of Gaius Flaminus’ Roman troops, marching in from the Chiana Valley to confront the Carthaginians, led by Hannibal, in the epic Battle of Lake Trasimeno.

The first information on the village itself date to the late thirteenth century, when the area was at the centre of a border dispute among Perugia, Cortona, Arezzo, Florence, and landlords and noblemen who had left Perugia to establish strongholds around the lake.

About a century later, in the thirteen-hundreds, the Magistrates of Perugia fortified what was then called Borgo Nuovo, or the “New Burgh”, aiming defend the north-west borders and access ways to the Lake of Perugia (as Trasimeno was often referred in past times). An important gateway to the lake area, known as Malpasso (literally, the “bad step”, where the Roman soldiers fell into Hannibal’s trap), is just around the corner.

The castle was repeatedly lost and conquered, damaged and rebuilt, providing a dramatic backdrop for many a battle. Two sections of the building still stand: the parish church of S. Martino, and the south-east tower.

Points of interest in Borghetto include:

  • the Church of S. Martino (Fourteenth Century), with a fresco from the early fourteen-hundreds;
  • the Medieval Tower, a section of the old castle, on the lake shore;
  • ruins of the castle walls and towers;
  • the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery of Badiaccia.

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