Perugia Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Perugia

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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Perugia Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Perugia Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Piazza IV Novembre
  • Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall)
  • National Gallery of Umbria
  • Via Maesta delle Volte
  • Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia)
  • Arco Etrusco o d'Augusto
  • Foreigner's University (Università per Stranieri)
  • Perugia Office of Science and Technology
  • Cappella di San Severo
  • Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo
  • Nobile Collegio Del Cambio
  • Vannucci Street
  • Baldeschi al Corso Palace
  • Piazza Italia
  • Porta Marzia
  • Rocca Paolina
  • Via Oberdan
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)
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.
Arco Etrusco o d'Augusto

6) 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)

7) 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.
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.
Via Oberdan

17) 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.
Perugia Historical Center Tour

Perugia Historical 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 or 0.7 Miles
Perugia Cultural Venues

Perugia Cultural Venues

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: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
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 or 0.5 Miles
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 or 1.3 Miles
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 or 2.1 Miles