Monday, 1 March 2010

A Sunday in Panicale

Yesterday we spent the day in the pretty village of Panicale which overlooks Lake Trasimeno.



We were shown around by a friend who works as a tour guide there. He took us to see the Church of Saint Sebastian which has a beautiful fresco by 'Perugino' (Pietro Vannucci), the most important renaissance painter of the Umbrian region.







My favourite part though was visiting the Museo del Tulle located in the 16th century church of Sant' Agostino.



Panicale specialised in the production of refined embroidery on tulle, a technique practiced by the nuns of the Collegio delle Vergini di Panicale in the 19th century. The designs, all embroidered by hand are so elaborate and beautiful, I can't imagine how long they would have taken to create.






I'm definately inspired and would like to learn more about the tradition of emboidery in Umbria and possibly enrol in a course.



Hope you all had an inspiring weekend x



8 comments:

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sarah Elizabeth,
THe painting in the church are so vivid and beautiful, and the embroidery is gorgeous - a class sounds like so much fun.
Bonne soirée

Sarah B said...

How gorgeous - the embroidery work is incredible!

mylene said...

Hi Sarah Elizabeth! I found your blog through your comment on Simple Lovely and am SO delighted by it. I studied abroad in Perugia in 2004 and am totally enamored with Umbria. Look forward to catching glimpses of it here.
Cheers!

Ellen said...

Such lovely lacework...can you imagine how long it would take to create such beautiful detailed work such as that? I loved the Frescos as well...I miss Italy...we have not been since 2001 and I would love to visit there soon...sigh....it may be awhile though..I will just enjoy your photos!

PoshMomma said...

STUNNING post. Thank you so much for sharing.

Amanda said...

What beautiful lacework - must have taken so long to complete!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

the details are absolutely gorgeous...thanks for sharing them with us~

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

This village is so so pretty. Makes me daydream of the holidays ...
Off to read some of your past posts...

Have a wonderful weekend!
Saskia