Umbria - Places to visit - Panicale
Town Hall: Via Vannucci, 1 - Panicale (PG)
Tel. 075/837951 Fax. 075/837637
Altitude a.s.l.: 441 m. Maximum Altitude: 645 m. (M. Petrarvella)
Population (Panicalesi): 5500 ca N. of Hamlets: 8
Twin Towns: La Verrire (F)
Panicale rises on a spur of Mount Petrarvella, which dominates the valleys of the Nestore River and of Lake Trasimeno.
The local economy is traditionally based on agriculture (oil, wine, cheese and grain) but is also supported by the handicraft industry (wrought iron, and embroidery) and industrial activities (woodwork).
The panoramic position and the local historical, artistic and cultural heritage emphasize the tourist potential of Panicale and open new areas for economic growth.
The origins of Panicale date back to the Etruscans who inhabited the area in the 7th cent. b.C.. It was also a secure refuge for the Roman soldiers who survived the battle of Lake Trasimeno, won by the Carthaginians of Hannibal.
In 1037, Panicale, after the fall of the Roman Empire and after the end of the Longobard domination, became one of the first Italian communes to declare independence and freedom from all external dominating groups
In the 13th century, Panicale accepted the seigniory of Perugia, but in 1316 it returned to being an independent commune with its own autonomous government.
The castle of Panicale was considered one of Italys most important and fortified and resisted all attempts to being captured until 1643, when the armies of Florence conquered it during the war between the Papal State and the Duchy of Parma.
Panicale then fell under the Churchs domain until the Kingdom of Italy was founded.
SIGHTS TO SEE
In the centre of town
Palace of the Podest (14th cent.)
Caesar Caporali Theatre (18th 19th cent.)
Collegiate Church of St. Michael the Archangel (17th cent.)
Church of St. Augustine
Church of the Madonna della Neve or della Sbarra (17th cent.), contains art work attributed to El Greco
Church of St. Sebastian (15th cent.), contains two valuable works by Perugino
"The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian", by Perugino
" Enthroned Virgin ", by Perugino
Church of the Cercolana
Sanctuary of the Madonna di Grondici
Sanctuary of the Madonna di Mongiovino (16th cent.)
Church of the Santissima Annunziata (16th cent.), at Tavernelle
Square at Tavernelle
FOLKLORE AND EVENTS
Procession of the Dead Christ (Good Friday)
Tree Festival (April - May)
Festival of S. Pellegrino (first Sunday in September)
Festival of the patron saint St. Michael the Archangel (September)
Grape Festival (September)
Caesar Caporali Literary Prize (October)
Chestnut Festival (November), sampling of the products gathered from the woods and local sweets
TYPICAL LOCAL PRODUCTS
Objects in wrought iron