Paciano, located on the slopes of Mount Petrarvella, has been designated one of the ‘most beautiful towns in Italy’. It boasts Etruscan-Roman origins, testified by the grave goods found over the years. From the town, which has preserved its medieval appearance, there is a splendid view that extends towards Lake Trasimeno, the Chiana valley and Mount Amiata.
Things to see: The church of S. Giuseppe, which contains an ancient town banner of the Madonna della Misericordia by the Bonfigli family workshop. The local art museum, which was formerly home to the ancient brotherhood SS. Sacramento, contains two 15th-century oil paintings, and a fresco from 1452 of large and expressive Crucifixion by Francesco di Castel della Pieve, believed to have been Perugino’s master. Through its precious objects, the museum documents Paciano’s history and art from the Etruscan period to the early 17th century. The late 16th-century church of the Madonna della Stella outside the walls contains fine frescoes depicting the cult of the Virgin Mary. The Tower of Orlando, the only evidence of ancient Roman Paciano, dominates the surrounding plain.
Places to visit near Paciano: Monte Pausillo nature park is an unspoilt area that has remained undisturbed over the centuries and is home to numerous species of Mediterranean fauna.
Typical local food: DOP olive oil, honey, cheeses and cured pork meats.
Local crafts: the countryside traditions have for the most part disappeared. The town once produced woven rush seats for chairs; panari: stones made from shards and marble dust, used for baking the Umbrian torta al testo, (flatbread); weaving; the manufacture of sorghum and heather brooms; and wooden ladders for the olive harvest.