The medieval centre of Paciano opens to the surrounding countryside by way of its three gates or “porta”. Still today the gates serve as reference points, where people make appointments to meet or as landmarks for visitors.
Porta Perugina, located on the north side of the town walls, faces the panoramic road which, in ancient times, led to the capital city of Perugia. Today it is the ideal starting point for a trek through the chestnut and holm oak woods or for exploring the landscapes of il Perugino, the early Renaissance painter. The road that leaves from the Porta Perugina will take you directly to Panicale about three kilometres away, past a beautiful look-out point towards Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding hills.
Another road (the “Formone”) descends steeply from Porta Perugina and leads to the “Le Fonti” or springs, where many local residents replenish their water bottles with fresh, cold spring water. Also from Porta Perugina, turning sharp left as you leave the gate behind you, you can take the little road that passes behind the town walls and offers another delightful view of the Lake. While strolling down and enjoying the panorama, you’ll reach the church of Santa Maria and the square that is overlooked by Porta Fiorentina.