Gualdo Tadino: introduction
A castle on the summit of a hill, towering above a picturesque medieval town. This is how Gualdo Tadino, town in the province of Perugia appears before the visitor. The Flea Castle, constructed in 1247 by Frederick II of Swabia, is a splendid example of medieval military architecture. Two important museums are situated inside the castle walls: the Pinacoteca and the Ceramic Museum. Gualdo Tadino is, in fact, famous for its ceramic industry.
The Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo del Podestà, of which only the Rocca Civica remains, take pride of place in the main square of the town. Hidden away in the narrow roads and alleyways which characterise the town there are any number of charming churches: the Duomo of San Benedetto in Romanesque-gothic style, with bell tower and magnificent rose window, the 14th century Church of San Francesco, and the Church of Santa Maria dei Raccomandati, where to admire the artworks of local painter, Matteo da Gualdo.