Panicale’s position on top of a small hill makes for a unique concentration and arrangement of buildings. The narrow streets hug the contours of the mount, creating an oval grid pattern and a lovely maze of streets to wander through from your luxury hotel. The views are excellent and, needless to say, so is the cuisine.
Savour fine local produce, gaze out onto a gorgeous lake and take things nice and easy
Things to do
FOOD AND DRINK
The pace is slower in Umbria, so be prepared to take your time over food in Panicale. Try the local delicacies, like porchetta – pork cooked over a wood fire – or wild asparagus. White truffles grow here and add their distinctive flavour to so many dishes. Wash them down with a full-bodied local red wine.
Lake Trasimeno is just a ten-minutes drive to the north of Panicale and makes for an interesting tour. You’ll find castles all around the lake, many of which are evocative ruins. An be sure to stop by the Vernazzano Tower, which is leaning almost as much as the one in Pisa.
Panicale is home to one of the masterpieces of Renaissance art. The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian is a fresco by Perugino that is still in situ in San Sebastiano church, and is an early example of the Renaissance masters exploring the newly found possibilities of perspective.
Take home some traditional Panicale lace. Locals use a distinctive, centuries-old method that involves embroidering delicate tulle.
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