Where we Are

Between Umbria and Tuscany, in an area rich in historical, artistic, architectural, and natural charm.

The Tenuta di Caiolo estate, is located South of the fortified village of Panicale, from which it is only 2 km away.


This is without doubt one of the most beautiful and well conserved medieval castle hill-towns in Umbria; Panicale has been described as “The Terrace on the Trasimeno” for his privileged position overlooking the lake.

Built around 1,000 A.D. it was continually improved and better fortified over the following centuries, developing an intriguing structure of curving, climbing streets which form a unique elliptical shape reflected in the outer defensive walls. Three squares, situated at different heights, form an axis: the main square, today called Piazza Umberto 1, was designed to allow water from the communal well to drain away when necessary. The well was replaced with a Renaissance cistern in 1473. The road which currently runs around the outside of the defensive walls was built on the original moat.

It was here that Giacomo Panieri, known as Boldrino da Panicale (1331-1391), one of Italy’s most infamous and feared condottiere ‘captains of fortune’, was born. Other famous people from the town include the celebrated painter Cristoforo Fini, known as Masolino da Panicale (1383-1447) whose Madonnas can be seen in Europe’s most important museums, and the writer Cesare Caporali (1531-1601), the first author of mock heroic poetry in the 1500’s, who was so popular that his Rhymes were published in 35 editions between 1574 and 1673.

The whole town of Panicale is of considerable artistic and architectural importance.

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Church of San Michele Arcangelo. Of medieval origin, this church underwent a lot of restructuring before ending up in its present state dating back to the 1600’s. Here you can admire the beautiful Annunciation attributed to Masolino da Panicale and a Nativity by G.B. Caporali, oil on wood, dated 1519. The organ was installed in 1702 and rebuilt in 1835.
Church of San Sebastiano. This church is late medieval in origin and was rebuilt in 1623. It has a beautiful fresco by Perugino, The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian dated 1505 and restored in 1985. Another Perugino fresco, the Madonna in Gloria, dated 1490, has been carefully taken from the wall and placed on a wooden frame for safe keeping.
Cesare Caporali Theatre. Commissioned at the end of the 1700’s by important Panicale families, the ‘Teatro del Sole’ (Theatre of the Sun) was rebuilt to its present proportions in 1858 by the architect Giovanni Caproni. The stage curtain dated 1869 depicting Il Trionfo di Boldrino (Boldrino’s Triumph) is the work of Mariano Piervittori from Tolentino.

Worth the visit:

The whole town within the walls is fascinating. The fourteenth century Palazzo del Podestà and the imposing Palazzo Mancini, built in 1619 alongside the Porta Fiorentina Gate stand out amongst the already impressive streets and buildings.

Immediately outside the walls is the Church of the Madonna della Sbarra (Turnpike) ca.1625, so-called because the toll turnpike (tollgate) was situated in the adjacent road.

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The Fortified Village of Panicale.

The Trasimeno Lake




The Surroundings

Umbria is full of places with historical, archaeological and religious interest. From Agriturismo La Fonte it is easy to reach any chosen itinerary within a day.

Panicale, just two kilometres away, has a medieval town centre. In the highest level of the town, the ancient Palazzo del Podestà is still awesome when seen from the square below. One can still see the house where Boldrino da Panicale, one of the most feared mercenary captains of the fourteenth century was born, as well as some paintings of Panicale’s most illustrious artist, Masolino da Panicale, who worked with and perhaps taught Masaccio. In the church of Sant’Agostino one can admire Pietro Perugino’s splendid fresco, The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian.

In the Commune of Panicale other places to visit are the Sanctuary of Mongiovino, rich in art and architecture, and the Sanctuary of Le Grondici, an important religious centre.

Lake Trasimeno is a few minutes away by car. Here you can visit the castles around the lake, swim, enjoy aquatic sports such as water skiing, sailing, and canoeing, and also take boat trips to the islands. There are also paths around the lake for trekking and mountain biking.

Everywhere in Umbria is rich in history: the Etruscan ruins, the historic fascination of Perugia, the medieval towns of Gubbio, Todi, Narni and many others. Discover the Renaissance period of Città della Pieve where one may see one of the most beautiful fresco of Il Perugino. Art lovers may also admire works of Raphael in Perugia, Gozzoli in Montefalco, Signorelli in Orvieto and the splendid frescoes of Giotto in Assisi.

One can also easily visit cities in Tuscany famous for their art – Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Lucca. They can be visited within a day.

Spa lovers will be able to enjoy in less than an hour’s drive from Tenuta di Caiolo Estate, the hot springs, pools and Spa Treatments of Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sant’Albino, Rapolano Terme, Bagni di San Filippo, and Terme Francescane.

Visit some of the numerous wine and olive oil producers all around us taking advantage of interesting gastronomical and wine tours. We must not forget to mention that this area is one of the most important regions for Extra Virgin DOP olive oil in Italy. The local wines have famous labels such as Colli del Trasimeno, Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Sagrantino di Montefalco, and Trebbiano.

Food and wine tours are also interesting. Some of the numerous wine and olive oil producers, wineries and olive mills you will find in close range around us.