Stage 36 – Paciano-Città della Pieve – Easy and short stage, which winds through the hills to be covered partly on cart roads and partly on asphalt. After seeing the beautiful Paciano, Città della Pieve is also worth a visit. Do not forget the works of Perugino.
Leaving Paciano from Porta Rastrella, and then Via Madonna della Stella, you go down and then up again for Pietreto and follow this road full of hairpin bends halfway up Mount Petrarvella, in the middle of woods and olive trees, with remarkable villas and farmhouses. You reach San Donato and the Church. We turn left and continue through wooded areas and olive groves; you then reach Popoltaio-Schiacciato which you cross until you reach the SP 309; we go up to Valdilucciole and we arrive in Casaltondo, another small inhabited center with a source for our water supply. Back on the SP 309, take a cart road that enters the woods (cyclists, on the other hand, stay on the SP 309 for 1.8 km). Then you cross the SP 309 again. On a beautiful cart track, you skirt a beautiful stream which you can ford. Pay attention to the gates which must be diligently closed as you cross a large farm with a large cattle herd. Then you go up through the woods on the path. This leads to the first houses of Città della Pieve and then to its beautiful centre.
36 – Points of Interest
Città Della Pieve – The origins are still unknown today. Documents dating back to immediately after the year 1000 indicate its name as Castrum Plebis and in 1600 Pope Clement VIII elevated it to a city, calling it the City of Castel della Pieve. The hillock where Città della Pieve rises was inhabited since the most remote times; a proof of it are the many finds discovered in the neighbouring countryside, such as sepulchral urns with figures of gladiators, cinerary vases, gravestones and shields. Many tombs were found in the past containing alabaster urns. Set in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, between the Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno, Città della Pieve stands out among the other towns in Umbria for its almost exclusive use of brick instead of limestone. Already from the outside, in the compactness of the walls, the intense red of the bricks, produced in this area since the beginning of the 13th century, stands out. In the residential area, the grace and elegance of the buildings is enhanced by the paintings of the famous Renaissance painter Pietro Vannucci, known as Il Perugino, (the fresco of the Adoration of the Magi is a must-see) born in Città della Pieve. Of great interest are also the Palazzo della Corgna, with paintings of the mid-16th century, and the cathedral.
Insight Perugino – Pietro Vannucci known as “il Perugino” (Città della Pieve, about 1450 – Fontignano, 1523) is one of the major protagonists of Italian Renaissance art. He trained on the works of the great artists of the first half of the 15th century active in his region. He educated himself on the work of Piero della Francesca and in Florence, where in 1472 he was enrolled in the Compagnia di S. Luca. He was probably a pupil of Verrocchio; he saw the works of the Flemish primitives, which at that time were much sought after. He was then called to Rome by Pope Eugene IV in 1478 to decorate the Chapel of the Conception in the old St. Peter’s, and again in 1480 to decorate the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. After his success in Rome, his activity was very intense, carried out mainly between Perugia and Florence; he was also the teacher of the young Raphael, who had entered his workshop. He spent the last part of his life between Perugia and Città della Pieve, where he left works of great value