Attractions

Top Choice Piazza in Perugia

Piazza IV Novembre

In Perugia all roads seem to lead to Piazza IV Novembre, once the meeting point for the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilisations. In the medieval period, it was the political centre of Perugia. Now people from all w…
Top Choice Palace in Perugia

Palazzo dei Priori

Flanking Corso Vannucci, this Gothic palace, constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries, is architecturally striking with its tripartite windows, ornamental portal and fortress-like crenellations. It was former…
Cathedral in Perugia

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Overlooking Piazza IV Novembre is Perugia's stark medieval cathedral. A church has stood here since the 900s, but the version you see today was begun in 1345 from designs created by Fra Bevignate. Building continued…
Historic Building in Perugia

Nobile Collegio del Cambio

Perugia's money exchange in medieval times, the extravagantly adorned Nobile Collegio del Cambio has three rooms: the Sala dei Legisti (Lawyers Chamber), with 17th-century wooden stalls carved by Giampiero Zuccari; …
Basilica in Perugia

Basilica di San Pietro

South of the town centre, past the Porta di San Pietro, this 10th-century basilica's interior is an absolutely stunning mix of gilt and marble that's quite expletive-inducing on first sight, and contains a Pietà (a …
Fort in Perugia

Rocca Paolina

Built by Pope Paolo III Farnese in the 1540s, this fortress wiped out entire sections of a formerly wealthy neighbourhood. Now used as the throughway for the scale mobili (escalators), its fascinating nooks and cran…
Gallery in Perugia

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

Umbria's foremost art gallery is housed in Palazzo dei Priori on Perugia's main strip. Its collection, one of central Italy's richest, numbers almost 3000 works pleasantly distributed among 40 rooms, ranging from By…
Historic Building in Perugia

Sala dei Notari

The Sala dei Notari was built from 1293 to 1297 and is where the nobility met. The arches supporting the vaults are Romanesque, covered with vibrant frescoes depicting biblical scenes and Aesop’s fables. To reach th…
Museum in Perugia

Casa del Cioccolato Perugina

To visit the Wonka-esque world of Perugian chocolate, call ahead to latch onto a 1¼-hour guided tour (in Italian or English, times vary). After visiting the museum, you'll wend your way through an enclosed sky bridg…
Museum in Perugia

Casa Museo di Palazzo Sorbello

A few steps from the Piazza IV Novembre, this exquisite 17th-century mansion, once owned by the noble Sorbello family, has recently been restored to its frescoed, gilt-clad, chandelier-lit 18th-century prime. Guided…