Perugia, Umbria, Italy 360° Travel Guide  Map View

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Historic Centre

Panoramic View Public Gardens Piazza Italia Corso Vanucci
Panoramic View Public Gardens Piazza Italia Corso Vanucci

Although records exist back to the 3rd century BC the main development of the city you see today was in the 14th century. Perugia's historic centre is easiest tackled by parking in the area of Via Roma as you climb the hill (car parks). Before you enter the old city it is worth taking in the Panoramic Views and small Public Gardens around Piazza Italia before proceeding up Perugia's main (pedestrianised) thoroughfare Corso Vanucci.

Galleria Nazionale Palazzo dei Priori Fontana Maggiore Piazza Dante
Galleria Nazionale Palazzo dei Priori Fontana Maggiore Piazza Dante

At the further end of Corso Vanucci you will find the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (with paintings by Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca and Perugino) housed in the Palazzo dei Priori (1293-97) considered one of Italy's finest medieval civic buildings. In the adjoining grand piazza is the Fontana Maggiore (1227/78) built to celebrate the construction of the aqueduct that brought water to Perugia from Paciano. It stands in front of the right flank of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (1345-1490) built on the site of an earlier cathedral. Its museum includes an altarpiece by Signorellis, 10th century manuscripts and a Madonna by Andrea Vanni. The front of Perugia's Cathedral overlooks Piazza Dante