South Perugia Tour, Perugia (Self Guided)

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.
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South Perugia Tour Map

Guide Name: South Perugia Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: leticia
Rocca Paolina

1) 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.
Giuseppe Garibaldi Monument

2) Giuseppe Garibaldi Monument

Piazza Garibaldi is a small city square located near Piazza Partigiani. In the center of the square you will see a monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, a well-known military and political figure who is considered an Italian national hero.
Basilica of San Domenico

3) 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.
Ospedale dei Pellegrini

4) Ospedale dei Pellegrini

This elegant pink and white building dating back to 1333 is Perugia’s best-preserved medieval hospice. Founded by Confraternita di San Domenico as a place where pilgrims could stop for free bread and wine during their visit to Perugia, the hospice operated until the late 19th century and is now home to a carpenter’s workshop.
Porta San Pietro (Porta Romana)

5) Porta San Pietro (Porta Romana)

Porta San Pietro, or Porta Romana, is a triple-arched medieval gate that once consisted of two separate gateways. Built into the walls during the 13th and 14th centuries, its exterior was designed by Agostino di Duccio and Polidoro Stefano. The internal arc is surmounted by a niche containing an 1817 painting depicting the Madonna of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Francis.
Basilica di San Pietro

6) 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.
Medieval Gardens

7) Medieval Gardens

The Medieval Gardens can be found near the Benedictine Monastery of San Pietro. Designed by Alessandro Menghini, this typical medieval monastic garden symbolizes the Garden of Eden and contains such important elements as part of an old Etruscan-Roman road, a city gate and the ruins of a 16th century building erected by the Benedictines.
Chiesa di San Costanzo

8) Chiesa di San Costanzo

Chiesa di San Costanzo, located on Via San Costanzo, is dedicated to Saint Costanzo, the first bishop of Perugia. Built in the 12th century, the church was completely restored in 1890. It features a beautiful Romanesque doorway and a 12th century altar.

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.
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: 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
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
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
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

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.