North Perugia Tour, Perugia (Self Guided)

The north end of Perugia is a fascinating area, as it is home to a number of historic monuments, old buildings and medieval arches. Here you will find the prominent aqueduct, Arco Etrusco, the Baroque Stuart Gallenga Palace, Porta Sant Angelo, Perugia City Walls and other attractions. Take the following tour to discover northern Perugia.
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North Perugia Tour Map

Guide Name: North Perugia Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: leticia
Appia Street (Via Appia)

1) Appia Street (Via Appia)

Via Appia is an old pedestrian street located near the aqueduct. Walking along Via Appia you can admire an impressive view of the old city, including medieval arches and houses and historic buildings.
Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia)

2) 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.
Arco Etrusco o d'Augusto

3) 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.
Foreigner's University (Università per Stranieri)

4) 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.
Saint Catherine Monastery

5) Saint Catherine Monastery

Monastero di Santa Caterina, located outside Porta Sant'Angelo on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, was built by architect Galeazzo Alessi in the mid-16th century. Today it is home to branch offices of the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage, Landscape and Historical Anthropological Heritage of Umbria. This old brick façade contains 18th century frescoes by Mattia Batini.
Church of Saint Archangel Michael

6) Church of Saint Archangel Michael

Tempio di Sant Michele Arcangelo, or the Church of St. Archangel Michael, is one of the oldest churches in Italy, dating back to approximately the 5th century. Built on the ruins of an earlier Roman temple, this religious building is an example of Palaeo-Christian art, reminiscent of Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome. It features 16 columns and Gothic style arches. In its frescoes you can see mystic symbols of the Knights Templar, whose legendary history is full of secrets. A few meters from the entrance you can see a pentagram, a symbol linked to the cult of Venus, which was associated with black magic in the Middle Ages.
Saint Angelo Gate (Porta Sant Angelo)

7) Saint Angelo Gate (Porta Sant Angelo) (must see)

Porta Sant Angelo is an impressive crenelated medieval gate located at the end of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, the main street of Perugia’s historic district, which was surrounded by walls between the 13th and 14th centuries. Inside the gate you will find the Museum of the City Walls, where you can trace the city's urban development over the centuries, including Etruscan, medieval and Renaissance sections of the walls. Near the gate you will find the 13th century Church of St. Matthew.
Perugia City Walls

8) Perugia City Walls

The Perugia City Walls, designed to keep invaders from entering, are still largely visible today, mostly on the west and north sides of the city. Perugia was surrounded by them between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It includes seven gates, six of which remain standing.
Convento Dei Francescani

9) Convento Dei Francescani

Outside the Perugia City Walls you will see a steep street leading to the Convent of San Francesco del Monte, or Monteripido of Perugia. The first evidence of its construction was mentioned in 1290. Rebuilt in 1858, inside you will find impressive frescoes, furnishings and a beautifully decorated wooden ceiling.

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 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 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 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
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

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.