Corciano has Etruscan origins, but the town’s present-day appearance dates from its medieval period, beginning around 1242. Corciano’s well-preserved buildings and squares make it a typical medieval village, gathered within its protective walls with their 13th-century fortress, later reinforced by a 15th-century circular tower, the symbol of Corciano. The view from the town sweeps across the plain surrounding Lake Trasimeno to the hills beyond.
Things to See: Corciano’s main square, Piazza Coragina, features a 16th-century well; the parish church of S. Maria, which contains a painting of the Assumption by Perugino (1513); the church of S. Cristoforo, housing the small Museum of Sacred Art; and, to the left of the church, the Farmhouse Museum (Museo della casa contadina). The town hall, formerly the residence of the 16th-century Della Corgna family, has a mannerist style interior, with one room housing a small collection of archaeological finds. The church of S. Francesco, located just outside the walls, is a Gothic building, modified between the 17th and 18th centuries. It contains frescoes, a 16th-century crucifix and a painting by Bartolomeo Caporali. The Farmhouse Museum in the town centre is an important example of Corciano’s historic culture, which was based on an agricultural economy. The museum, one of the town’s major attractions, occupies an ancient house and conserves objects and tools from everyday life.
Places to visit near Corciano: The former convent of S. Agostino from 1334 and the castle in Pieve del Vescovo, once the summer residence of the bishops of Perugia, restored between 1560 and 1570 to a design by Galeazzo Alessi. The road from Corciano to Magione passes the sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso (1729), and the Torre dei Lombardi (Lombards’ Tower), once a military post that protected the ancient road leading to the north of the lake. Also located near Corciano is the intriguing Etruscan necropolis, Strozzacapponi, with sixty excavated tombs in travertine stone that contain funeral urns and grave goods from the 3rd -1st centuries BCE.
Typical local foods: Torta al testo (flatbread), torta di Pasqua al formaggio (Easter cake with cheese), olive oil bruschetta and chicken liver crostini.
Local crafts: Ceramics, inlay work and goldsmithing. Corciano can be considered a ‘crafts showcase’ since it offers visitors the opportunity to see craftspeople at work in their shops during the Spring Fair and at Christmas events.