Cattedrale e Abbazia di San Pietro


Cloister of Stars (1571), St Peter's Basilica (10th century), Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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South of the town centre, past the Porta di San Pietro, is this atmospheric 10th-century basilica complex. The basilica, overlooked by a landmark bell tower, is stunning inside, with opulent displays of gilt and marble and some wonderful works of art, including a Pietà (a painting of the dead Christ supported by the Madonna) by Perugino.

To clear your head afterwards, take a stroll or picnic in the serene Orto Medievale gardens, behind the basilica.