Umbria Blog | Christmas in Paciano and Panicale

On December 8 is the yearly Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Italy. The day before in every small town or city the Italian people prepare the Christmas tree. Many activities and festivities are held around the Christmas season. The squares are transformed into a mix of lights and stalls where vendors sell their handmade gifts.

Yearly I visit the Christmas markets in Assisi and Perugia, but this time I wanted to go to the market in Paciano. Paciano is a small and calm hamlet with a few inhabitants.

Maybe I didn’t come at the right time in Paciano, but there weren’t many market stalls and visitors. I have asked a local for the program but neither he couldn’t inform me.

After a good espresso in the bar I decided to take a walk through the centre just to be sure that I didn’t miss anything. Maybe there were only three market stalls hidden in local shops. This Christmas market wasn’t really what I was looking for, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I took some pictures and I went to Panicale, a lovely village not far form Paciano.

Before arriving in Panicale I knew I could not expect more Christmas market than in Paciano, but on the other hand Panicale is lovely and always worth a visit. Even if you decide to take a drink or just a stroll in the historical centre.

On the square in Panicale was a huge Christmas tree. Also the bars and restaurants were full with Christmas decorations.

To be honest this all wasn’t really what I expected before visiting Paciano and Panicale. Both villages seemed to be a bit lost. But I must admit, Panicale and Paciano remain idyllic even though in winter time there are less things to see and to do.

Christmas in Castel Rigone Umbria

It’s Christmas time! In many towns in Umbria there are cosy Christmas markets to buy souvenirs, taste local products and drink a warm glass of “vin brulè” mulled wine. Also in Castiglione del Lago, the small village where I live, the shops in the main street are filled with Christmas lights. Locals and craftsmen showcase and sell their products and local cuisine.

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This weekend I’ve been to the Christmas market in Castel Rigone. A small village close to Passignano sul Trasimeno from where you can admire an amazing view of the Trasimeno Lake.


The Christmas market in Castel Rigone is until December 20, 2015.

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The atmosphere was cosy with Christmas music in the background, different kind of cribs for Christmas, souvenirs, Christmas lights and Santa Claus on every corner of the street.

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The Christmas markets in Italy are to soak up the warm and cosy atmosphere of Christmas. I couldn’t resist a warm glass of mulled wine… cheers!

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– Posted by Sylvia van der Male –