The Villa di Piazzano is classified as an historical residence (Residenza d’Epoca). It was built in the early 1500s by Cardinal Silvio Passerini, a protegè of the Medici’s, to serve as his hunting manor. There is evidence, however, of an earlier building on the site dating back to 1464. At one time the property extended for 360 hectares up to the top of the hills which separate Piazzano from Lake Trasimeno. Today hunting of wild boar, pheasant and other animals still takes place in the surrounding hills during the hunting season.
The hills, which now serve as a beautiful backdrop to the Villa di Piazzano, and where Cardinal Passerini and his entourage once hunted the elusive wild boar, are also of historical importance. It was in these same hills that, many centuries earlier, the Carthaginian general, Hannibal, defeated the Roman army in the bloody Battle of Trasimeno.