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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. To the right of the Carthaginian troops rode the cavalry, facing the open valley in order to freely move across the western fields of Mount Gualandro or, perhaps, all the way to the plain of Borghetto. The Celtic infantry and cavalry followed, spreading all the way to Sanguineto. At the centre, in today’s Tuoro, stood Hannibal’s camp, peopled by expert spearmen, heavy infantry, Iberians and Libians. The left wing of the Carthaginian army, the light troops, closed off the route to Passignano. The vanguard, six thousand men strong, made its way towards Passignano. 

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