Find out what to see in Magione.
Magione boasts numerous interesting and beautiful sites that are definitely worth seeing. Among the most significant is the Castello dei Cavalieri di Malta. A striking fortification that once housed influential personalities, it was within its walls that the plot against Cesare Borgia was planned, known as the Congiura di Magione. Inside the fort you can also see the Cappella del Castello, now called the Badia di Magione, which still has beautiful frescoes from the Renaissance period.
In Magione you can also visit the Torre dei Lambardi, an emblem of Magione’s defences in the past and a structure of undoubted beauty. In the Palazzo Comunale you will be awe-struck by the landscape depiction of Magione in the Ciclo Pittorico della Sala del Consiglio Comunale and by the pictorial tribute to Fra Giovanni da Pian di Carpine. The latter is depicted during his diplomatic meeting in Mongolia by the futurist painter Gerardo Dottori. Amongst Magione’s other artistic gems is the lovely Teatro Giuseppe Mengoni, located in the heart of the historic centre, still as highly appreciated by the local population today as when it was first built. Another lovely building in Magione is Palazzo Nicolaj, a majestic 19th-century structure built in the Renaissance style.
The heart of the historic centre will also afford you a view of the Fonte di Sant’Antonio, while in one of the main squares in the little town, Piazza del Carpine, you can admire the dual flight of steps called the Gradinata di Antonio Gramsci, which bears within it an imposing and important Monument to the Fallen. The historic centre also contains the Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie and the majestic Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Originally built by the Knights of Malta in 1571, but unfortunately destroyed during the Second World War, the church has been rebuilt and is today decorated with frescoes by Gerardo Dottori.
If you are fascinated by the past and want to see some truly ancient and captivating architecture, go and visit the Castello di Montesperello, an area of great importance for the Byzantine Empire in Italy. Also in Montesperello, near the castle walls, you will find the Chiesa di San Cristoforo, with beautiful frescoes including some by the prodigious Gerardo Dottori.
At Villa Antria the Chiesa di San Valentino is worth a visit, while another special site is located in the hamlet of Montecolognola, the ancient Santuario della Madonna delle Fontanelle.
Magione also includes other beautiful places that are certainly worth visiting: one of these is the little hamlet of Monte Del Lago, perched on a promontory overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Here you can admire a splendid fresco depicting the Crucifixion inside the Chiesa di Sant’Andrea. Or why not simply wander around Villa Palombaro Schnabl? Once upon a time, the villa hosted personalities of the highest calibre such as the extraordinary composer Giacomo Puccini and the poet Vittoria Agnoor Pompilj.
Another of Magione’s enchanting hamlets is San Feliciano, inside the Parco Regionale del Lago Trasimeno, standing 279 metres above sea level. This little village enjoys an enviable view of Lake Trasimeno, being located on its eastern shores. In San Feliciano you can visit the Museo della Pesca del Lago Trasimeno (Lake Trasimeno Fishing Museum), where you will have the chance to delve into the geological history of the Trasimeno and the various fishing techniques used over the centuries and up to the modern day. Via its themed rooms, the museum’s itinerary will lead you on an intense journey through the traditions and culture of Magione.