Perugia has always been the capital of Umbria. It is situated on a panoramic hill. The historic centre can be reached by a modern system of escalators.
A real surprise for those who have not yet visited; architectural evidence from all ages exists here. From the medieval ages to modern times, all phases of history blend together her.
IN HALF A DAY
: built by Pope Paul III, this military fortress was constructed in 1543. It served as a symbol of Papal rule. Today, it functions as an entrance to the historic center. Mostly destroyed in the 19th Century, it has been reconstructed with a modern escalator system and serves as an exhibition hall for cultural events and art exhibits.
Fontana Maggiore and Palazzo dei Priori
: these architectural and sculptural master pieces represent the civic glory of the golden age of Perugia. Arco Etrusco
: the well preserved entrance gate into the Etruscan city is a must see site.
Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME
: a rich collection of artworks from the 13th to 17th centuries. Works from Perugino, Pintoricchio, Piero della Francesca, and Beato Angelico are among the collection. Collegio del Cambio
: the museum itself is painted with frescoes by Perugino.Tempio di Sant’Angelo
: erected in the 6th century on the remains of a Roman temple, this church emanates a unique atmosphere. Museo Archeologico
: contains an important collection of urns, sarcophaguses, and burial offerings fro the Etruscan period. The tomb of Cai Cutu is of extraordinary importance.
Basilica di San Pietro
: the most important Benedictine abbey in Umbria with a rich art gallery. The adjacent medieval garden is also worth exploring.
IN YOUR FREE TIME
For the Foodies: the famous Perugina Chocolate Factory is a short stop away.