The Panicale town council or Comune covers 78.84 km2, and has a population of nearly six thousand. In 1987 the town was twinned with La Verrière in France (about 30 km from Paris). The territory borders the Comunes of Paciano, Castiglione del Lago, Piegaro, Perugia and Magione.

The landscape is framed by the calm waters of Lake Trasimeno (128 km2, making it the fourth largest lake in Italy), by the river Nestore, and by wooded hills, vineyards, olive groves and farmland. Each hamlet has its own peculiarities that distinguish it from the town of Panicale. Panicale itself is situated on the slopes of Mount Petrarvella (431 m above sea level), looking out over Lake Trasimeno.

In 1453 Pope Paul III defined Panicale as “Terra insigne”, or “Great land”. The Borghi più belli d’Italia recognised it as one of the most beautiful small towns in Italy in 2008, and in 2007 Panicale achieved the Bandiera Arancione ranking bestowed by the TCI, an award recognizing excellence in both tourism and the environment for areas with a population of up to 15,000. Panicale is part of the Regional Museum Network.

The Art and Monuments Itinerary includes the Mariottini Collection, the San Sebastiano church, the San Michele Arcangelo Collegiate church, the Cesare Caporali theatre, the Sant’Agostino church with its Tulle Museum, the Madonna della Sbarra church with its Sacred Furnishings and Banners Museum and the Palazzo del Podestà.

what to see in Panicale

  • Montalera Castle
    It stands on the top of a hill, in a splendid panoramic position. Over the centuries it changed owners several times between the main families of Perugia.
  • Santa Maria della Querciolana church
    Originally it was a roadside shrine protagonist of a miracle performed by an image of the Virgin Mary which aroused devotion. It can be visited on request.
  • Missiano
    Villa along the road that descends from Panicale towards the castle of Piegaro. There is the church of S. Pietro, and next to it the restored and functioning Teatrino.
  • Montali Castle
    In a dominant position on the hills between Lake Trasimeno and the Nestore valley. Today it is a country residence that offers a wonderful panorama.
  • Madonna delle Grondici Sanctuary
    Now a modern building, it was originally built over a Marian shrine, where two parents had brought their deceased son to obtain the resurrection.
  • Colle San Paolo
    The church of Colle San Paolo is an ancient Benedictine settlement dating back to 1143. It preserves a copy of a Madonna and Child by an imitator of The Perugino.
  • Old Mongiovino Castle
    In a splendid panoramic position, this castle dates back to 1312. It retains part of the walls and a high crenellated tower.
  • Mongiovino Sanctuary
    Typical Marian sanctuary, built in the wake of the devotion to the miraculous image of a Madonna and Child, painted by an Umbrian painter.
  • Tavernelle
    The largest and most populous town in the municipality of Panicale, recently growing. In Piazza Magenta is located a valuable stone decorated fountain by Girolamo Ricotti.
  • Cappuccini church
    Luogo di meditazione, preghiera e punto di osservazione magnifico del panorama sulla valle del Nestore, il lago Trasimeno e il castello di Montalera.
  • The Palazzo Municipale town hall and the Mariottini Collection
    Palazzo Zucchetti è sede del Municipio di Panicale. Vi è esposta la collezione Mariottini, galleria di ritratti di uomini illustri di Panicale.
  • San Sebastiano Church
    Costruita nel XV secolo accanto a un ospedale per la cura degli appestati, conserva il celebre affresco del Perugino "Martirio di S. Sebastiano".
  • San Michele Arcangelo Church
    Chiesa principale di Panicale, di origine altomedievale, presenta un'unica navata con tribuna, coro e sei cappelle perimetrali.
  • Palazzo del Podestà
    Si staglia in P.zza Masolino, a Panicale, punto di osservazione più alto del centro storico. Oggi è sede dell'Archivio comunale, storico e notarile.
  • Sacred Furnishings and Banners Museum
    Conserva beni culturali provenienti dalla Chiesa della Madonna della Sbarra, dalla Collegiata di S. Michele e dall'Istituto O.P. S. Sebastiano in Panicale.
  • Madonna della Sbarra Church
    Situata in fondo al borgo che esce dalla Porta Fiorentina, e in vista del lago, nasce come piccola cappella costruita dai magistrati di Panicale.
  • Sant’Agostino Church
    Edificio a capanna, costruito in pietra arenaria nel 1502. Conserva un altare in pietra serena intitolato al Crocifisso e numerosi affreschi.
  • Ars Panicalensis Tulle Museum
    Intitolato alla signora "Anita Belleschi Grifoni", espone rocchetti, camici, tovaglie d'altare ottocenteschi e manufatti dal '900 ai giorni nostri.
  • “Cesare Caporali” Municipal Theatre
    Nato come Teatro del Sole nel 1786, costruito interamente in legno, è luogo di cultura per eccellenza. Ospita la stagione di prosa, concerti, opere liriche.
  • Piazza Umberto I
    Varcata la Porta Perugina di Panicale, si accede a questa corte interna, dedicata a Umberto I. Antica piazza del borgo, qui si teneva il mercato.

what to do in Panicale

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