Perugia Cultural Tour (Self Guided), Perugia

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.
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Perugia Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Perugia Cultural Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: leticia
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National Archaeological Museum of Umbria

1) 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.
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City Museum (Citta Museo)

2) City Museum (Citta Museo)

Located not far from Rocca Paolina fortress, Citta Museo is housed in the 16th century noble residence, Palazzo della Penna. The museum displays various Baroque artworks, as well as important 19th century masterpieces. Among its highlights are Christ Bound by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Three Graces by Antonio Canova, Wedding of the Virgin by Jean Baptiste Wicar and more.
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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)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sala dei Notari

4) Sala dei Notari

Sala dei Notari, previously the Town Council Hall, is a room in Palazzo dei Priori, where the nobility used to meet. Today the hall holds public meetings and classical music concerts. Here you can see huge Romanesque arches, paintings and frescoes from the late 13th century depicting legends and Biblical stories.
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Capitular Museum

5) Capitular Museum

Capitular Museum, located inside the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, was founded in 1923. It features unique archaeological finds and ruins of 15th century buildings. Its collection includes paintings, sculptures, precious and rare illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 17th centuries and ecclesiastic furnishings. Here you will see the works of artists from the school of Perugino and the Umbrian Renaissance, including Benedetto Bonfigli, Bartolomeo Caporali and more.
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Artemìsia

6) Artemìsia

Artemìsia, located in the heart of Perugia on Via Alessi near Chiesa del Gesu, is an art gallery that promotes local culture and displays fine works of art. It is Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 7:30 pm.
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Perugia Office of Science and Technology

7) 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.

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.
North Perugia Tour

North Perugia Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
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
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: 4.5 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 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