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.
Last weekend we had visitors over and decided to go to Panicale, a lovely village near Lake Trasimeno and even better to visit for an occasion like the “Fili in Trama”: International Fair of embroidery and lace. I am not particularly into embroidery and lace but must say that the work these -mainly- ladies do is impressive. One needs a lot of skill, patience and foremost a passion for this type of handcraft. Have a look:
– Posted by Saskia van der Bolt –
I look at the calendar and yet another month has passed by. Time flies … and August arrives. In July we had uncommonly cool temperatures and lots of rain :(. But even with the rain, it is pleasant to walk around in small villages or to explore the Umbrian countryside. Paciano is a small well preserved Medieval village in Umbria. It is a walled town with some restaurants and numerous activities during the year. Walking through the streets in Paciano it’s impossible not to immerse in an atmosphere of centuries ago.
Paciano is also one of the “Borghi più Belli d’Italia”, a contest which sees a winner every year. There are quite a few Umbrian villages on this list: http://goo.gl/289lFt
Close to Paciano is the Medieval fortified town of Panicale. This town has two gates. You find narrow lanes, squares, bridges and several flights of stairs to reach the different levels of the town. The grey houses and villas are cheerfully decorated with colorful flowers.
– Posted by Sylvia van der Male –