San Giustino

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Located in the northern Upper Tiber Valley, San Giustino offers the greatest example of a renaissance fortress: the Bufalini Castle, which was built as a fortress in 1487 and later converted into a lordly mansion.

The local feudatory family transformed the defensive building into a splendid residential villa with the assistance of Giorgio Vasari. The castle still conserves its original frescos by Cristoforo Gherardi, called Il Doceno, its period furniture and furnishings and its Italian garden with a labyrinth.

Moving on to the town of Citerna, you can visit the 15th-century Palazzo Vitelli, where the mercenary leader Alessandro Vitelli died. In the early 1500s, the Vitelli family became curates of the town and embellished it with works of art and monuments, such as the Bontempelli Theatre located in a small but elegant town square. Another jewel is the 16th-century fireplace, called “of the lovers”, in the Palazzo Prosperi located in the town centre.