A quiet country town in the geographic center of Italy, Lisciano Niccone is located right along the line where Umbria sweeps into Tuscany. It's just minutes from Lake Trasimeno, with its charming islands and laid-back lakeside atmosphere.
Lisciano Niccone was a Medieval town under the domain of Perugia until it passed to the Papal States in the 16th century. It retains the ruins of its castle from the 11th century on a hillside nearby. Other characteristic castles dating from the same era dot the surrounding countryside. Of particular interest is Castello Pierle, a striking stronghold that is actually across the border in Tuscany but just a quick trip away. The Romanesque church of San Biagio in the castle compound is a delightful chapel.
Lisciano has the interesting Church of San Niccolo', dedicated to Saint Nicholas, with a painting done in Raffaele style. The little town is surrounded by verdant hills, green-grey olive groves, rows of grapevines, and smiling sunflowers. Every July, Lisciano throws a pasta party to celebrate its local, handmade specialty with the Sagra di Bringoli. A tasty way to spend a day!
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