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Alla riscoperta di antichi sapori

Nature lovers can explore the evocative local landscape by foot, on horseback or by mountain bike, accompanied by a guide.
The countryside around Lake Trasimeno, with its unspoilt nature, is the ideal place for nature excursions, cycling, horse riding, and visiting the charming Umbrian towns, with their wealth of small but amazing artistic and historical treasures.
If you fall in love with the area and would like to stay, there are rooms available to allow guests to wake up to the morning birdsong and breathe in the pure clean air.

Paciano   Paciano

The medieval town is situated on Mount Petravella (391 metres above sea level) where, in ancient times, a temple was erected in honour of the god Janus. Immersed in the nature of Umbria, its small town centre, protected by an imposing town wall composed of 8 towers and 3 gates, is home to the San Carlo Borromeo church, founded in 1600, the Ss. Concezione church, the Baldeschi Palazzo and the Cennini Palazzo.
Outside the town walls there are gardens and what is probably the town's oldest church, dating back to 1572 and comprehensively restored in 1973.
Panicale   Panicale 3 Km away

Perched on a hilltop 440 metres above sea level, its medieval origins are clear in its appearance, which has maintained all its original architectural and structural characteristics. Today Panicale is a popular tourist destination for nature lovers who enjoy its healthy, relaxing lifestyle. Looking out from the northern ridge of the hill visitors can admire a spectacular 180° panoramic view over the flat lands around Lake Trasimeno, taking in everything from the Siena hills to the mountains of the Umbria-Marche Apennines.
Chiusi   Chiusi 15 Km away

Chiusi is an important archaeological centre, as testified by the finds exhibited in the National Etruscan Archaeological Museum. Highly recommended attractions include the Etruscan tombs, the Cathedral Museum, with its priceless collection of Benedictine illuminated manuscripts, the San Secondiano cathedral, the oldest church in Tuscany, the Santa Mustiola and Santa Caterina Catacombs and the Labyrinth of Porsenna. The latter is a network of underground tunnels from Etruscan times running beneath the streets of Chiusi, leading to an enormous cistern.
Lago Trasimeno   Lago Trasimeno 15 Km away

Lake Trasimeno, with its three islands, Maggiore, Minore and Polvese, immersed in the green of its groves of reeds, surrounded by ancient towns, cathedrals and castles perched atop hills, part Umbrian, part Tuscan, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, is the fourth largest lake in Italy, and the largest regional park in Umbria. Since time immemorial it has been an important area for aquatic birds for wintering, breeding and as a stopover site, and is a perfect habitat for fish. Visiting the medieval towns around the lake is highly recommended.
Castiglione del Lago   Castiglione del Lago 15 Km away

The town rises on a calcareous promontory, which once formed the fourth island of Lake Trasimeno. A number of archaeological finds bear witness that the area was populated in Etruscan and, later, Roman times.Today, the mediaeval town walls and the ancient castle are still well preserved. The castle is connected to the sixteenth century Town Hall by a long covered passage illuminated by the daylight coming through the regular arrow slits in the walls. The town hall itself was built by Ascanio della Corgna, the Marquis of Castiglione, on the site of an earlier building.

Città della Pieve   Città della Pieve 18 Km away

Città della Pieve is a splendid medieval town situated on a hill overlooking the Val di Chiana. It is built almost entirely in brick, with a wealth of beautiful buildings and churches, a rich history and masterpieces by Pietro Vannucci, known as il Perugino, who was born here. The painter's work can be seen in the Santa Maria dei Bianchi cathedral, which hosts his celebrated Adoration of the Magi. Walking through the streets of the town is like stepping back in time into the rural communities of days gone by, where everybody knows each other and tranquillity reigns supreme.
Cortona   Cortona 30 Km away

After Arezzo, the provincial capital, Cortona is the main cultural and tourist centre of the Arezzo Val di Chiana. It was one of the twelve cities that made up the Etruscan confederacy. Stretches of the original dry stone town walls can still be seen where they have been incorporated into the later medieval wall. Apart from a few beautiful Renaissance palazzos, the prevalent character of the buildings is medieval, which combines with the steep narrow streets to give the town a unique, evocative appearance. Cortona enjoys fabulous views from every direction over the entire Val di Chiana.
Perugia   Perugia 30 Km away

A city of art with a wealth of history and monuments, it is the cultural and economic hub of the region and a popular destination for tourists and students. Perugia is situated on a hill that rises above the Tiberina valley not far from lake Trasimeno and Mount Subasio. The most fascinating palazzos and monuments can be found along the main street, the Corso Vanucci. Some of the openings along the street give access to terraces where visitors can enjoy beautiful panoramic views and explore markets, restaurants, bars and taverns where they can try local specialities.
Montepulciano   Montepulciano 35 Km away

This splendid town has been called the Pearl of the sixteenth century, because it conserves its beauty intact with palazzos and churches designed by the greatest architects of the Renaissance. The Piazza Grande is an unforgettable sight, with the Cathedral with its uncompleted facade, and the beautiful town hall. Looking over the valley beneath the town there is a breath-taking view, taking in the enchanting San Biagio Temple. And we can't forget the "Vino Nobile", which has now become one of Tuscany's most celebrated wines at an international level.
Pienza   Pienza 45 Km away

Pienza is a town that was "born from a thought of love and a dream of beauty", as the poet Giovanni Pascoli wrote. The greater part of its most beautiful architecture was realised by pope Pious II, transforming the village of his birth, then called Corsignano, into a beautiful Renaissance town. Over the course of just three years, between 1459 and 1462, the new Pienza saw the construction of the Assunta Cathedral, the Piccolomini Palazzo, the Town Hall, and the Bishop's Palazzo, now home to a museum.
Ristorante Il Casale
Traditional Restaurant
Loc. Cerreto 50, Paciano (PG) 06060 Italia
Tel. e Fax +39 075 830465 - Mob. +39 348 3018414
Email: info@ristoranteilcasale.it
Closed on Wednesdays. Open for lunch and dinner.
Booking recommended.
Let us organise your ceremonies, business lunches and romantic dinners, for traditional cooking, with homemade bread and pasta, all accompanied with a selection of Umbrian and Tuscan wines.
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