My husband Brian and I had an amazing opportunity to spend our honeymoon in the beautiful country of Italy and we had such an unforgettable time! First, we started off with a few days in Venice then we hopped in our little Fiat Panda rental for a 4 hour road trip to the lovely city of Paciano, Umbria.
Paciano was by far our favorite place to stay. It is surrounded with countryside full of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves, as well as fields of sunflowers and poppies. We spent 10 marvelous days in this quiet, cute walled city which was so fun to walk around and explore, as well as living among the locals with no touristy distractions. When we first arrived we were greeted by a english speaking neighbor who helped us get settled in to our lovely vacation rental and was available to us if ever we needed anything or had questions. The rental is upstairs, has 2 cute bedrooms, 1 with 2 twin beds, and 1 with a large bed. There is also an upstairs loft area, 1 bathroom, a spacious living room with pull out couch bed, cute little dinning area, and lovely views of the city streets. It felt like home away from home - relaxing, safe and a place you love being. On days when we weren't off on an adventure, we loved opening the windows and listening to the quiet, the singing of the locals or enjoying the daily life within this town. We were also able to do laundry, cook at home, watch some movies and play games. The property was clean and well taken care of by the owner/property managers and we would definitely recommend staying here to all of our friends, family and acquaintances wanting to enjoy an Italian vacation . There is a bar/cafe, a little grocery, a butcher, pharmacy and a few restaurants within the walls, and the people are very friendly.
One of our favorite things about this place is how central it is to many surrounding cities/attractions that we wanted to visit such as Panicale, Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago, Assisi, Sienna, Montopulchiano, Pienza, and Orvieto. They were all very easy to get to, and they vary from 5 - 20 minutes drive. Others took a little longer such as Florence, where we took an hour/hour and a half train ride for a lovely day trip. Paciano also had events within and around the city. We enjoyed a blues/jazz concert in the Piazza one evening. Another night we learned of fireworks/festival right down the road!
Our last 3 days we spent in Rome (a 4 hr drive) but we missed Paciano! We hope to go back one day!