Castiglione in Teverina is a small town south of Orvieto and the border between the province of Viterbo and the region of Umbria.
Castiglione in Teverina
The address of the town hall is Piazza Maggiore 2 (tel. +39 0761948301). The ZIP code is 01024 and the area code is 0761. The town has over 2000 inhabitants. The boroughs are Sermugnano and Vaiano.
By Car/Public Transport
From Viterbo by car: The Strada Provinciale Teverina will take you to Castiglione. The distance is 40 kilometres.
From Rome by car: Follow the A1/E35 in northern direction. The distance is 110 kilometres.
Public transport from Viterbo: There is a direct bus connection (Cotral).
Public transport from Rome: Take the train to Orvieto and then a bus (Cotral).
A brief history of Castiglione in Teverina
The town is situated on a hill in the Valle del Tevere, which is framed by the volcanic Monti Volsini mountain range. The medieval centre of Castiglione is characterized by small houses, which seem to compete with each other for space. Outside the historical centre, more modern houses and apartment buildings can be seen.
Utensils found in the area show that it was already inhabited in prehistoric times. Later, Etruscan settlements were driven out and replaced by Roman villages, which in turn suffered invasions by barbarian tribes.
The present-day Castiglione in Teverina was founded in the 14th century by former inhabitants of the town of Paterno, which was destroyed by the Monaldeschi in 1351. After that the town was under the rule of a number of different families of feudal lords, until the Farnese incorporated it into the Duchy of Castro. It is only since 1927 that Castiglione in Teverina is part of the province of Viterbo. Before that it belonged to Rome.
What to see in Castiglione in Teverina
The most important churches are the Collegiata di San Filippo and Giacomo (1630) and the Chiesa Campestre della Madonna della Neve (or “Country Church of the Madonna of the Snow”), built by Pope Alexander VI in the early 16th century. The most important non-religious attraction is the Rocca Monaldeschi, a castle built in the 13th century.
Events and Festivals Castiglione in Teverina
In the first week of August, there is always a wine festival in Castiglione.