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Piazza IV Novembre

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In Perugia all roads seem to lead to Piazza IV Novembre. This historic square, flanked by Palazzo dei Priori and the Cattedrale, has been at the heart of civic life since it was the Roman forum and later the political and geographic centre of the medieval city. Nowadays, people from all walks of life gather here to sit on the cathedral steps, soak up the sun and watch the street entertainers work their magic.

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1. Sala dei Notari

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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…

2. Fontana Maggiore

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The centrepiece of Piazza IV Novembre, the delicate pink-and-white marble Fontana Maggiore was designed by Fra Bevignate and built by father-and-son team…

3. Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia

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The Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia, HQ of Perugia's medieval merchants guild, features a 14th-century audience chamber with exquisite wood panelling.

4. Palazzo dei Priori

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Flanking Corso Vannucci, this Gothic palace, constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries, is architecturally striking with its tripartite windows,…

5. Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

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Umbria's foremost art gallery is housed in Palazzo dei Priori on Perugia's main strip. Its collection, chronologically displayed over 40 rooms, is one of…

6. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

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Lording it over 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…

7. Nobile Collegio del Cambio

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Seat of Perugia's Moneychanger's Guild between 1452 and 1457, the extravagantly adorned Nobile Collegio del Cambio has three rooms: the Sala dei Legisti …

8. Pozzo Etrusco

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Just north of Piazza IV Novembre, you can venture down an Etruscan well. Dating from the 3rd century BC, the 37m-deep cylindrical shaft was the main water…