Few villages are as photogenic as this Italian top model: beautiful Panicale in Umbria will steal your heart. The winding road to the village already builds up anticipation and once you’ve parked your car, just outside the city walls, a borgo più bello awaits you.
A few kilometers south of Lake Trasimeno, Panicale beams on its hilltop. With a view that will leave you speechless: from rolling green hills to the reflective sapphire blue of Lake Trasimeno.
This walled hamlet played an important role in the local medieval history. The village was a biting buffer for the miscreants who wanted to conquer the mighty Perugia from the west. Panicale is built in three concentric circles, the perfect architecture for a defense system.
Cose da fare
As you enter the picturesque Piazza Umberto I, the charm of this delightful village immediately envelops you. The octagonal fountain is the pleasant center of the square and is surrounded by inviting terraces where you can have aperitifs, lunch, or dinner. The church of San Sebastiano, a little further on, is definitely worth a visit. You can admire a masterpiece there: a poignant fresco by the hand of the renowned Umbrian artist Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino.
Another gem: the Teatro Cesare Caporali, one of the smallest theaters in Umbria. The renovated theater is located in the heart of the historic center. Be sure to catch a performance if the timing is right, the intimacy of the productions and the beautifully decorated interior architecture will certainly give you a wonderful evening.
Also, take a walk to the highest point of the village where you will find the 14th-century Gothic Palazzo del Podestà. Here, in Piazza Masolino, take a moment to enjoy the sublime view over Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding fields, a fantastic photo opportunity!
Feast for your taste buds
Panicale in Umbria is more than just a beautiful village, you can also enjoy very tasty and high-quality dining. Highly recommended is Lillo Tatini, a small culinary paradise, overlooking the beautiful square. A family restaurant that serves honest dishes from the Umbrian cuisine with passion and professionalism. Local products and unparalleled friendliness are a winning combination as this small restaurant has more than earned its name and fame.
Are you here in the summer? Perfect timing! On Thursday evenings you can enjoy live concerts that regularly take place in July and August. In this medieval setting, with a glass of wine in hand, swaying along on summery tones, you really feel completely away from the world.
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