City Orientation Walk, Perugia (Self Guided)

The main city of Italian Umbria, Perugia is the city of multiple universities, rich cultural and artistic scene (Umbria Jazz Festival) and association with notable artists (painter Pietro Vannucci, aka Perugino, teacher of Raphael). The architectural and historic side of Perugia is just as plentiful and comprises attractions such as medieval Priori Palace, Piazza IV Novembre and more. To visit and explore these and other sights at your own pace in your good time, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: leticia
Piazza IV Novembre

1) Piazza IV Novembre (must see)

Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia’s main square, is one of Italy’s most beautiful squares. It was the city’s center of public, political, civic and religious life for centuries. It is home to such prominent landmarks as Cathedral di San Lorenzo, Fontana Maggiore, beautiful for its elegant lines and harmony of form, the 15th century Logge di Fortebraccio and other outstanding buildings.
Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall)

2) Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall) (must see)

Palazzo dei Priori, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is Perugia’s town hall. This Gothic construction is one of the city’s most prominent and precious landmarks. The portal, built in 1346, is adorned with sculptures representing the allegories of life, while the bezel site contains statues of the city patrons. It is also home to Sala dei Notari, which consists of eight arches with paintings and frescoes, and Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, one of Italy’s most outstanding art galleries. Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia, the offices of the Medieval Merchant's Guild, also stand in their original 14th century form here.
National Gallery of Umbria

3) National Gallery of Umbria (must see)

The National Gallery of Umbria is housed in the Palazzo dei Priori. Its collection comprises the greatest representation of the Umbrian School of painting, ranging from the 13th to the 19th century, strongest in the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. The collection is presented in twenty-three galleries in the Palazzo.

The origins of the collection lie in the founding of the Perugian Accademia del Disegno in the mid-16th century. The Academy had its original seat in the Convento degli Olivetani at Montemorcino, where a collection of paintings and drawings began to be assembled. With the suppression of religious houses imposed by the Napoleonic administration, and imposed once again by the united Kingdom of Italy, much of the heritage of Italian art that had come to be the property of the Church became the property of the State.

In 1863, the civic paintings collection was formally named to commemorate Pietro Vannucci, but the problem of establishing an appropriate site to house the collection was not solved until 1873, when it came to be housed on the third floor of the Palazzo dei Priori, in the center of Perugia. With the addition of acquisitions, donations and bequests, the pinacoteca became the Regia Galleria Vannucci in 1918, under the patronage of the king.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30am-7:30pm (ticket office closes at 6:30pm)
Closed Monday, from October to February; 1st January; 1st May; 25th December
Sight description based on wikipedia
Via Maesta delle Volte

4) Via Maesta delle Volte (must see)

Via Maesta delle Volte, an old picturesque street stretching from Piazza Cavallotti to Piazza IV Novembre, contains the ruins of the medieval Palazzo del Podesta. Destroyed by fire in 1534, remnants of a Gothic porch remain. Replaced by a Renaissance construction, its fresco of the Madonna from the 1330s was preserved. Nowadays it serves as a workshop selling sculptures and various objects made of wood.
Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia)

5) Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia) (must see)

The Arch of the Aqueduct is one of numerous medieval arches in Perugia, located on Aqueduct Street. It was constructed in the late 13th century, probably at the time the aqueduct was built, which carried water from Mount Pacciano to Piazza IV Novembre. On either side you can see the foundations of the old Etruscan walls. The arch was renovated by Giulio Danti in 1516.
Foreigner's University (Università per Stranieri)

6) Foreigner's University (Università per Stranieri) (must see)

Stuart Gallenga Palace, formerly Palazzo Antinori, dates back to the 18th century. Located on Piazza Fortebraccio, this Baroque palace was built by Giuseppe Antinori as a residence for Perugia’s noble family, Antinori. In 1875 the building was purchased by Stuart Gallenga Romeo, giving it its present name. In 1926 he gave the palace to the city, and in 1927 it became the headquarters of the Foreigner’s University of Perugia. The vestibule and the staircase at the entrance are of great architectural value. Inside you will find the Great Hall with a cycle of frescoes painted by Futurist Gerard Doctors in the 1930s, called the Apotheosis of Rome.
Arco Etrusco o d'Augusto

7) Arco Etrusco o d'Augusto (must see)

Located on Piazza Fortebraccio, this arch is one of the seven gates in the Etruscan walls of Perugia. Over time the arch has had several names, including Port Tezia, Borca Gate, Triumphal Arch, the Old Port and Port Pulchra. It was built in the late 3rd century BC and was taken by Augustus in 40 BC after his victory in the war of Perugia. It is the most integral and monumental Etruscan gate in the city, consisting of two trapezoidal towers and an arched facade. Above it you can see a Renaissance loggia.
Perugia Office of Science and Technology

8) Perugia Office of Science and Technology (must see)

The Perugia Office of Science and Technology (POST) allows visitors to interactively explore the world of scientific culture. Responding to the growing public interest in science and technology, it illustrates these in its fascinating exhibits.
Cappella di San Severo

9) Cappella di San Severo (must see)

Cappella di San Severo, dating back to the 11th century, was built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Sun. Between 1748 and 1751 it was rebuilt in its present form. Inside you will find a fresco painted by Raphael, the Trinity surrounded by angels and saints.
Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo

10) Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (must see)

Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, also known as Palazzo del Bargello, was built in the second half of the 13th century and can be found on Piazza Matteotti. Built from 1472 to 1481 by Anthony Gasparino and Matthew Leone, interesting and valuable is its portal, decorated with twisted columns and topped by two griffins. You will also see a beautiful central sculpture of Justice, represented by a cryptically smiling woman armed with a sword. Combining medieval and Renaissance architecture, since the early 19th century it has served as Perugia’s courthouse.
Nobile Collegio Del Cambio

11) Nobile Collegio Del Cambio (must see)

Nobile Collegio Del Cambio, the headquarters of the Exchange Guild, was built by Bartolomeo di Mattiolo and Lodovico di Antonibo between 1452 and 1457. The entrance is a wonderfully crafted work in wood dating back to 1505. Inside, you will find the finest examples of Renaissance art, old wooden furnishings, beautifully crafted woodworks, frescoes and paintings. One of its masterpieces is a self-portrait of Perugino, as well as the College Chapel, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and painted by Giannicola Paul, a pupil of Perugino.
Vannucci Street

12) Vannucci Street (must see)

Vannucci Street is Perugia’s main street and one of its major shopping destinations. It has plenty of fashionable boutiques offering a great variety of famous brand names. Numerous shops, restaurants, pizzerias, pubs and cafes can also be found on this street.
Baldeschi al Corso Palace

13) Baldeschi al Corso Palace

Palazzo Baldeschi, located on Corso Vannucci, the main street of the historic center, is the former residence of Baldo degli Ubaldi, the famous Italian jurisconsult and law professor. Expanded during the 14th century, most of its adornments were added in the 19th century. Today it belongs to Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia and houses an outstanding art collection, as well as temporary exhibitions.
Piazza Italia

14) Piazza Italia

Piazza Italia is a small square that is home to several tourist attractions, including the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the last king of Sardinia and the first king of Italy, and Palazzo della Provincia, a government building erected in 1870.
Porta Marzia

15) Porta Marzia

Porta Marzia, one of Perugia’s seven gates in its Etruscan walls, is located in the southern section of fortifications, near Piazza Italia. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, it has a rounded arch and is decorated with five figures.
Rocca Paolina

16) Rocca Paolina (must see)

Rocca Paolina, an impressive fortress designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, was built between 1540 and 1543 by Pope Paul III, and until 1860 was a symbol of papal power. This complex structure housed soldiers, animals, armories and warehouses and was dominated by the Palace of the Pope. Partly destroyed in 1848 and rebuilt in 1860 by Pope Pius IX, the fortress was destroyed that year after the city’s annexation to the Kingdom of Italy. Today, only the walls along Viale Indipendenza and Via Marizia remain. To see Perugia's Underground City and last remains of the glorious Rocca Paolina, just take an escalator from Piazza Partigiani. A museum displaying artifacts, documents and other valuable exhibits can also be found here.
National Archaeological Museum of Umbria

17) National Archaeological Museum of Umbria (must see)

The National Archaeological Museum of Umbria, housed in the former convent of San Domenico, includes various exhibits mostly from the late 18th century, as well as unique objects from the Hellenistic era, Etruscan-Roman period and Paleolithic age. Here you will find the famous Perugian Memorial Stone, Etruscan funeral urns, the Cai Cutu tomb, Etruscan tombs, sarcophagi from the Sperandio area, jewelery, bronze works, coins, ceramics and many other fascinating items.
Basilica of San Domenico

18) Basilica of San Domenico (must see)

The Basilica of San Domenico, located on Piazza Giordano Bruno, dates back to the 14th century. It is the largest religious building in Umbria, designed by Giovanni Pisano. Its interior was restored by Carlo Maderno. The church is home to Umbrian art works, the tomb of Pope Benedict XI (preserved from the 14th century) and a 15th century wooden choir. Beside the basilica you will see a tower, built between 1464 and 1500 by Lombard Gasperino Antonio. Originally the tower was 126 yards tall, which was reduced to 100 feet in 1546 for added stability.
Basilica di San Pietro

19) Basilica di San Pietro (must see)

Basilica di San Pietro, a Catholic church and abbey, contains one of the most significant art collections in Perugia, grey marble columns, a richly-colored coffered wooden ceiling, a wood-paneled choir and other unique 14th and 15th century adornments. On the sides of the 15th gateway you can see the remains of the original facade.
Via Oberdan

20) Via Oberdan

Via Oberdan, a wonderful shopping street, contains a variety of shops offering jewelery, women’s accessories, clothing, menswear, footwear, fabrics, linens, interior decorations, candles and much more.

Walking Tours in Perugia, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Perugia

Create Your Own Walk in Perugia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Perugia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
South Perugia Tour

South Perugia Tour

South Perugia is home to several outstanding religious buildings, including Basilica San Domenico, Basilica di San Pietro and San Costanzo Church. This area also houses beautiful squares, arches and the Medieval Gardens. Take the following tour to discover Perugia’s south side.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Perugia Shopping Tour

Perugia Shopping Tour

Perugia offers a wide range of shopping, featuring something for everyone. From fashionable boutiques to authentic local shops, shopping in Perugia is a pleasant activity. The following tour will lead you to some of the city’s best places to shop.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Perugia Cultural Tour

Perugia Cultural Tour

Although Perugia is a small city, it is home to a great number of cultural venues. Displaying unique archaeological objects, artifacts, historic documents and precious works of art, take the following tour to discover the city’s most prominent cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Perugia Religious Buildings Tour

Perugia Religious Buildings Tour

Perugia is home to a number of old sacred places, including ancient and medieval churches and other historic religious buildings. Many of them are precious landmarks of religious, historical, architectural and cultural value, and contain marvelous works of art. Take the following tour to discover Perugia’s most prominent religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Perugia Historic Center Tour

Perugia Historic Center Tour

Dating back to the 3rd century BC, Perugia has a long history. This ancient city contains old arches, medieval gates, historic buildings and other valuable constructions, many of which can be found in the center of the city. Take the following tour to discover Perugia’s most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Art Shops of Perugia Tour

Art Shops of Perugia Tour

Perugia is an excellent destination, home to numerous art shops, ateliers and workshops. Here you will find a variety of works, including hand-painted Italian ceramics, tiles and tableware. This tour is a perfect opportunity to discover Perugia’s arts and crafts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Perugia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Perugia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Perugia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.