Known as “the most beautiful terrace on the Trasimeno Lake”, Panicale is one of the most fascinating hamlets of Umbria.
In a green Umbrian hill near Tuscany, the town of Panicale stands. This fascinating medieval hamlet has been able to maintain, during the time, its original architecture.
At about 440 M.A.M.S.L., in a dominant position on the Trasimeno and Nestore valleys, Panicale still presents itself as a castle with a concentric-rings layout. In the past, this hamlet had a great strategic importance. Today, instead, it has become a remarkable touristic destination.
Panicale has always been a place where art and news have – and still are – welcomed and respected. Among the first free Communes of Italy, its statute dates back to 1316. It has been drawn in Latin by Notary Pietro Di Vannuccio. In 1484, for a better distribution of the same, the paper has also been translated into vernacular. During the Renaissance, Panicale lived a period of economic, artistic and cultural development that favourited the presence of great artists like Il Perugino.
In the core of this historic Umbrian hamlet, there are many architectonical proofs of its old history.
From the San Michele Arcangelo Collegiate Church, with its Renaissance façade and beautiful baroque rooms hosting some of the most charming works of Il Perugino, to square Umberto I – right in the heart of the town – where an amazing travertine fountain dating back to ‘400 stands. In that period, it has been used as a tank.
Going to the highest part of the centre, we can reach Palazzo Del Podestà: an incredible Lombard Gothic-styled building. It is currently used as a historic and notarial archive.
From the square in front of Palazzo Del Podestà, it is also possible to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the Trasimeno Lake.
Panicale is not just history, art and architecture, but also ancient local traditions as the tulle embroidery. This art has been handed down by the women of Panicale since the years ’20 of the last century. It has been created by Anita Belleschi Grifoni – one of the first woman-entrepreneurs of the area – who founded her school of embroidery, Ars Panicalensis. This represented a great step toward an economic independence for many women of the hamlet.
Today, Panicale is one of the most fascinating hamlets of Italy. Indeed, many national and international touristic really appreciate it.
A true castle where to find peace and relax while surrounded by the green Umbria, but near Tuscany.
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