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AN INTERVIEW WITH MRS GIULIA

Mrs Giulia tells of the tradition of crafting Irish lace on Isola Maggiore. This type of needlework was introduced by the Marquess Elena, daughter of Marquis Giacinto Guglielmi, in 1904. […]

CASTLE GUGLIELMI

Giacinto Guglielmi, Marquis of Civitavecchia and Vulci, purchased the former convent of the Order of Friars Minor Franciscans, together with its church, in 1887. […]

CHURCH OF SAN SALVATORE

The Church of San Salvatore, with its Romanic floor plan, dates back to the twelfth century. Its lovely stone portal is decorated with reliefs of animals and flowers.  […]

ISOLA MAGGIORE’S VISITOR CENTRE

The old Palazzo delle Opere Pie, in the village on Isola Maggiore, has been turned into a Visitor Centre, where illustrative panels detail life on the island, and a museum area displays elaborate pieces of Irish Lace, the island’s most precious craft. […]

ISOLA POLVESE

The largest island on Lake Trasimeno, Isola Polvese, can be clearly seen from Isola Maggiore. Its name probably derives from the local term polvento, for “wind-beaten”. […]

ORATORIO DELLA BUONA MORTE

This church, dedicated to the “Good Death”, was built as an oratory for the brotherhood of the same name, in 1576. The brotherhood was established to ensure proper rites for those who died in poverty or without family. […]

PALAZZO DEL CAPRA

According to local tradition, the Palazzo del Capra would have been built above a mausoleum to consul Gaius Flaminius, fallen in the battle of Lake Trasimeno. […]

PARISH CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE ARCANGELO

The church is probably thirteenth century, although it might have been built above an older edifice. The façade is smooth, undecorated, with a bell-gable. […]

PARISH CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE ARCANGELO - INTERIOR

Inside, the church has a single nave, divided by rounded arches. Interest in this church is centred around it paintings: the remaining works span decades, from the late thirteenth to the early fourteenth. […]

SAINT FRANCIS’ BED

This is where Saint Francis spent the time of Lent in 1211. According to local lore, a stone would have kept the imprints of the Holy Man’s elbows and knees. […]

STATION 01 – LEADING UP TO THE BATTLE

Visitors to the municipality of Tuoro sul Trasimeno are invited to explore a historic route, in search of traces of Hannibal’s epic passage, as reconstructed by historian Giancarlo Susini, with the assistance of Professors Giovanni Brizzi and Ermanno Gambini. […]

STATION 02 –HANNIBAL SETS HIS TRAP

Nissen, the nineteenth century historian, believed that the lake’s shores (and water levels) were quite similar, at the time of the battle of Lake Trasimeno, to today’s. According to his studies, the battle scene would have extended from Montigeto to Passignano. […]

STATION 03 – THE ROMAN ARMY

This panel paints a portrait of the Roman legion. Some of the men are shown wearing the kardiophylax, a metal pectoral armour plate which could be rectangular or round,  […]

STATION 04 – THE CARTHAGINIAN ARMY

The panel portrays the three main ethnicities composing the Carthaginian army: Libians, Celts, Iberians, both cavalry and infantry, with every kind of armour and armament available at the time. […]

STATION 05 – THE CARTHAGINIAN CAVALRY’S DEVASTATING ATTACK

For an attack by the cavalry to be effective, favourable terrain was paramount. A proper advance along the steep foothills of Mount Gualandro would have been impossible. […]

STATION 06 – THE DEATH OF CONSUL FLAMINIUS

Battling at the centre of the field, side-by-side with the best among his men, rushing to assist his troops where most in need: the consul, for all his heroism, was soon recognized by a Gaul from Insubria.  […]

STATION 07 – HANNIBALS ORDERS THE ATTACK

Having assembled the chiefs of his army in front of the encampment, Hannibal is here depicted about to give order to attack. […]

STATION 08 – ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS

Some archaeological findings dug through the years in the area around Tuoro present inscriptions in the Etruscan language. Not many such tablets were found, but the texts are quite long and, therefore, very important for scholars. […]

STATION 09 – USTRINA

The bodies of dead soldiers piled atop the lakeside fields were soon stripped of arms and of their finest body armour. It took only a few days for the local citizens, who feared the spread of plagues and epidemics, to burn all the bodies. […]

STATION 10 – SIX THOUSAND ON THE RUN

Probably passing below the encampment, maybe between the section overseen by Celts and the one controlled by heavy Libian and Iberic infantry, under the cover of fog, six thousand Roman soldiers made a run for the mountains. […]

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