7 Best Things to Do in Perugia, Italy

Perugia is the capital of Italy’s Umbria region; a substantial town with a number of historical attractions and good transport links. Over the centuries Perugia has been dominated by numerous different peoples, evidence of which can be found in the many archaeological remains.

Perugia is also a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The city hosts multiple annual festivals and events, e.g., the Eurochocolate Festival (October), the Umbria Jazz Festival (July), and the International Journalism Festival (in April), and is associated with multiple notable people in the arts.

  1. Originally created in 1587, this cathedral is unique in the fact that its front façade does not face the main square it is constructed in. The front façade is the wall that remains unfinished and this provides the church with a strange look. Inside the church however is completely finished and is lavishly decorated.155-perugia-3.jpg
  2. Oratorio di San Bernardino

    Oratorio di San Bernardino is noted for its brilliant front façade and multi-coloured design. Due to its front façade that is created using coloured polychrome marble, it is considered to be the most significant examples of Renaissance art in Perugia.SanBernardino02Vg.jpg

  3.  Palazzo dei Priori

    Designed in an ornate Gothic style, the Palazzo dei Priori is a huge building that sits across from the Cathedral in the Piazza IV Novembre. This ancient structure has stood in the centre of the city since the 1300’s and has played an important role in Perugia’s politics.

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  4. Arco d’Augusto

    Also known as the Etruscan Arch, this structure is one of the 7 remaining arches that served as an entrance to the city of Perugia in ages past.ArcoEtruscoprima(38).jpg

  5. Perugina Chocolate Factory

    A tour of the factory will take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, during which you will see the production line in operation, sample some mouth-watering chocolate during a tasting session, and get to spend time in the historical museum.Umbria-2012-320_web.jpg

  6. Museo Archeologico

    Redesigned in 2009, the museum takes a chronological approach starting at pre-historic times and following on to the Roman period etc.Perugia,_Museo_Archeologico_Nazionale_dell'Umbria,_chiostro_del_convento_di_San_Domenico.jpg

  7. Etruscan Well

    Located in the Piazza Danti, this well dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC and is a marvel of architectural genius.8-Pozzo-Etrusco-Perugia.jpg

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