Where We Are
The farmholidays are located in a strategic position to visit the most important art cities of Tuscany and Umbria regions.
From the north:
Take the exit to Valdichiana towards Castiglione del Lago. The deviation to Paciano is 5 km away. Once in Paciano, skirt the walls of the town (which will be on your left). After 1 km, you will find the farmhouse on your right.
From the south and the centre of Italy: Take the Chiusi-Chianciano exit and continue until you reach Chiusi and then Castiglione del Lago. Having passed Moiano, continue for about 1 km until the detour for Paciano.
Paciano is a charming town, amidst the green Umbrian hills and surrounded by rich vegetation on the slopes of Monte Petrarvella, at 391 meters above sea level. It has a panoramic view over the Trasimeno Lake, which is 6 km away.
Paciano maintains its original medieval structure: the boundary walls (over 0,5 km long), 7 towers, 3 ogival entrance doors and the central inhabited area in chessboard fashion, from which you will find three parallel streets that lead out, crossed by typical alleys.
The old doors are named Porta Perugina, Porta Fiorentina and Porta Rastrella. The latter’s name probably descends from the “Rastrello” (a rake), a heraldic symbol above this door.
Not so far away we can admire not only the sight of the Trasimeno Lake, but also the lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano and a part of Val di Chiana.
Before crossing the castle walls, we find the old church of Saint Sebastian (X century), where the remains of a fresco representing Saint Sebastian are preserved.
Walking along what was once the Via Aureliana, we get to the romanic church of Santa Maria Peretula (nowadays Santa Maria Assunta) ) with paintings by Guglielmo Ascanio. Going further, we cross the “Porta Fiorentina”, which leads into the historic centre, and right after via Marconi, we arrive to Palazzo Baldeschi seat of the Naturalistic Museum.
In the square of the Municipality there is the Confraternita del S.S. Sacramento (Holy Sacrament Confraternity), where we find two paintings from the XIV century and a fresco from 1452.
Going down again we reach the church of San Giuseppe, also known as “La Chiesa dentro” (the church within) for it was the first one to be built within the boundary walls. There, the “Gonfalone del Bonfigli”, allegedly a work by Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, is kept. On the outskirts, there is the church of San Carlo Borromeo.
Once we get to Porta Rastrella, we are in front of Palazzo Cennini, a Renaissance palace characterized by impressive lodges which look over lovely gardens, and elegantly furnished inner rooms.
Another church which deserves to be mentioned is Madonna della Stella (1562), with the frescos of Silla Piccinino inside.
From the Porta Perugina, over the top of the hill, there is a beautiful portal dating back to 1770, also known as “Portale della Madonnuccia”. We also find the grandeur of the Orlando’s Tower (Torre di Orlando), an embattled tower which stands out as the only token of the ancient castles in Perugia. Besides the tower, the Convent of Sant’Antonio rises. It was built in 1490 by Franciscan Brothers. Towards the valley there is the church of San Salvatore, also known as “Church of Ceraseto”.