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Gualdo Cattaneo

Gualdo Cattaneo (from Latin. Gualdum Captaneorum) is a municipality of 6,361 inhabitants of the province of Perugia, rich in numerous vestiges of the past, including the Castle of Simigni. Gualdo Cattaneo, "castle perched on the outskirts of the Martani Mountains, between the Apulia and Attone streams" is located between the Umbrian valley (the one that goes from Foligno to Spoleto) and the Tiber valley (the one outlined by the Umbrian stretch of the Tiber). The origins of this castle of ancient name (Gualdum Captaneorum) are known to date back to the year of its foundation in 975 by the German Count Edward Cattaneo. Thanks to its highly strategic geographical position, the town has had, over the centuries, considerable importance. The cities of Foligno and Spoleto showed, from time to time, interested in its conquest and contested it, with alternating events, between them.


MONUMENTS AND PLACES OF ART: The most important monument is the Rocca, a triangular fortress with a central keep and two side washers communicating with each other through a system of underground tunnels. It was built between 1494 and 1498, for the will of the city of Foligno, on a project by Francesco di Bartolomeo di Pietrasanta. The Rocca, which has not undergone any significant interventions over time, retains its original appearance. A first version of the fortress, pre-existing the conquest by the city of Foligno, was destroyed in 1439 by the Florentine Cardinal Patriarch of Alexandria.