Panicale, we needed to catch some lunch (as the eating spots were closed in Panicale due to the November restaurateur exodus) and wanted to catch some more sites as it was fairly sunny and our sightseeing glass hadn’t been filled. We didn’t want to head too far (hey, it was lunchtime), though, which led us to Castiglione del Lago, about 15 minutes from Panicale and a little closer to the lake (Trasimeno). Castiglione del Lago is a bit bigger than Panicale, with a well-developed reputation for being a beach town, leading to it having somewhat of a sprawl to handle the summer influx (it has quite a beach). Some kind of settlement has been in this spot at least since Etruscan times, and at one point fought a lot with Perugia (like most towns in the area), and the older part of the town is anchored by, and focused on, a large rocca.
La Cantina. It was hooked into a hotel, and had a big outdoor eating area that was closed off—neither usually good signs. They were out-weighed however by the hanging sign, which had a jaunty Dodge-City-ness I appreciated, and by a decent amount of veggie options on the menu in the window. Once inside, we knew it was a good choice because La Cantina had a welcoming atmosphere and staff, rustic brick walls and brick arched ceilings, a big open brick fireplace that we got to sit beside, and (best of all) the door to the bathroom was cut out of a giant wine cask:
Cannara (which is famous for its onions), and while the picture doesn’t look like it contains famous onions, trust me, it did:
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