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From Panicale towards the dearly-loved hills of the painter "Il Perugino"
Panicale, Sant’Arcangelo, Mugnano, Fontignano, Paciano, Panicale

Technical Sheet

Starting and finishing point: Panicale
Distance: 48 km.
Total ascent: 750 metres
Grade: medium
Road surface: asphalt
Recommended type of bike: road or hybrid
Places to visit in the area: Panicale, Paciano, Fontignano, Lake Trasimeno.

The medieval village of Panicale has largely preserved its original structure, and thanks to its elevated position, affords a wonderful view of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding countryside bordering Umbria and Tuscany.

The route starts from the centre of the village, and begins with a steep descent down a newly-laid road, towards Castiglione del Lago and Tavernelle. At the junction, turn left and take the SP306, but less than one kilometre further on, bear right off this main road onto a much quieter minor road that winds its way through the surrounding countryside. You only rejoin the busier SS75bis at kilometre 9, having cycled past Casalini and over the small hill on which Montalera Castle is perched.

Carry straight on towards Sant’Arcangelo, at which point you may utilise the cycle path (a beaten track) running along the left-hand side of the road for a few kilometres. Bear right off the main road at km. 16, and follow the signs for Mugnano: at this point, you are faced with a short, albeit steep climb of about 300 metres, taking you up to the said village. When you get to Mugnano, turn right onto the SP305 towards Fontignano, which you come to after having pedalled a total of some 24.5 km.

This village, which it is claimed is the site of the tomb of the famous Renaissance artist “Il Perugino”, marks the beginning of a 1 km. descent, down to the SS220, where you turn right in the direction of Città della Pieve (take care on this stretch of road, as it is often very busy).

Turn left off the main road at km. 29.5, towards Collebaldo and Oro, and then a further kilometre on, turn right into Oro. 150 metres further on you will come to an old red-brick house: turn right off the main road onto a quiet country lane leading to the foot of the Santuario dei Grondici. Turn right over a small concrete bridge and ride into Tavernelle, and then follow the signs to the main road going in the direction of Città della Pieve.

At km. 34 turn right towards Panicale, and shortly afterwards you will start the winding climb up tio the town centre. Having reached Panicale, if you have got any extra energy in your legs you may wish to continue for a few kilometres to the village of Paciano along the Ceraseto road: in this case, ride out of Panicale in the direction of Paciano, and after descending less than 100 metres, turn left into the narrow Ceraseto road, following the signs to Paciano, until you reach the latter village 8at km. 43.5). From here you then take the road in the direction of Perugia once again, and at km. 47 you begin the 1.5 km. climb, through the olive groves, up to the centre of Panicale.

Things not to miss

The small medieval town of Panicale (see ’photo above right), situated in an extremely panoramic, hilltop position overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Visitors to the town should not miss the People’s Palace (Palazzo del Popolo), the Collegiate Church of San Michele, the San Sebastiano Complex and the Cesare Caporali Theatre.    

The ancient village of Paciano, the centre of which is enclosed by a fourteenth-century wall complete with towers and three entrance gates, is situated in the midst of beech, oak and chestnut woods. Thanks to its artistic and natural heritage, Paciano has been voted one of "The Most Beautiful Small Towns in Italy.

Montalera Castle, an ancient fortress, has preserved its flat-topped battlemented towers and its defensive walls, and there are still remains of its ancient moat and drawbridge. The living quarters have since been transformed into a splendid Renaissance palazzo.

The village of Fontignano boasts the tomb of the famous Renaissance artist from nearby Città della Pieve, Pietro Vannucci, better known as "Il Perugino", who it is said was called upon to paint frescoes in the village church, only to die there of the plague, and to be subsequently buried in the vicinity of the Church of the Annunciation. An investigation conducted in 1911 resulted in the identification of the artist’s tomb and remains.



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