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Culture of Perugia. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Spello One of the most symbolic and significant landmarks of the city of Perugia is the Saint Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro). The first reference to this religious building dates back to 1002. In the course of its long history the basilica changed its appearance for many times and survived through numerous reconstructions and reconfigurations. The basilica features strict appearance and rich interior design. The walls of the basilica keep numerous religious artifacts belonging to different epochs. The main symbol of the city and one of the most significant landmarks of national significance is the Fontana Maggiore.
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The grand fountain is the main decoration of the central square of the city. Its opening was held in 1278. The opening of the fountain is associated to a significant event in the history of the city being the completion of building of a new water system. The fountain is decorated with a unique statuary group and by the side of the majestic landmark tourists will find pools of weird shape. As a result of numerous reconstructions and renovations a part of the statuary group was dismounted. However this fact does not harm the majesty of the landmark. The fountain is still looking rather impressive and glorious.
Among architectural landmarks of the destination the Palace of the Priors (Palazzo dei Priori) is of great tourist attraction. The palace presents a single complex with the Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo. The buildings of the landmark are executed in keeping to the best traditions of Gothic style. After the completion of the construction in the 14th century the palace served to public usage. At present this majestic historical building hosts the town council which proceedings are taking place in its halls. Copyright
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The Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) deserves tourists attention as well. The building of the cathedral will be of great interest not only for the admirers of antique architecture but for pictorial art connoisseurs as well. Inner hall of the cathedral is decorated with genuine fresco paintings of artists of the 18th century. The crown of the precious collection of the Cathedral is the sarcophagus of bishop Giovanni Andrea Baglioni which was kept in the cathedral since 1451.
Perugia_Arco_Etrusco Among cultural establishments of the city the Umbria National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria) is best worth visiting. The scale gallery presents 40 halls. Every hall keeps unique collections of paintings, sculptures and other articles of art. The age of some showpieces is more than seven hundred years. Not far from the historical center of the city tourists will find the Etruscan shrine (Ipogeo dei Volumni). Tourists will discover there a unique landmark of Etruscan culture which is a well survived till nowadays tombstone dating back to the 3rd century BC.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Perugia and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Perugia

Galleria Nazionale Dell Umbria
Where: Palazzo dei Priori, Corso Vannucci 19., Perugia; Opening hours: 8.30-19.30 Tuesday-Sunday;
Palazzo Dei Priori
Where: Corso Vannucci 19, Perugia; Opening hours: March-October 9.00-12.30 and 14.30-17.30. November-February 9.00-14.00. Closed on Monday in this period. Saturday, all year round, open between 9.00 and 12.30.;
Piazza Iv Novembre
The Fontana Maggiore
Oratory Of San Bernardino
Where: Piazza San Francesco al Prato, Perugia;
Church Of San Severo
Where: Piazza Raffaello, Perugia; Opening hours: March-October, 10.30-13.30 and 14.30-18.30 November-February, Monday-Friday, 10.30-13.30 and 14.30-16.30. Closes 17.30 on weekends and public holidays.;
Church Of Sant’agata
Where: Via dei Priori, Perugia; Opening hours: 8.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00;
Tempio Di San Michele Arcangelo (chiesa Di Sant’angelo)
Where: end of Corso Garibaldi, Perugia;
Rocca Paolina
Where: Porta Marzia or Piazza Italia, Perugia;
Etruscan Arches
Museo Archeologico
Where: Corso Cavour – Piazza Giordano Bruno 10., Perugia; Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 8.30-19.30; Monday 14.30-19.30.;
Church Of San Pietro
Where: Via Borgo XX Giugno, Perugia;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Perugia
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Ducale' Urbino, 72.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Perugia and around
♥   Art museum 'Galleria Nazionale dell Umbria' Perugia, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Perugia
♥   Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo e Sant’Ercolano, Perugia, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Papale di Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola, Santa Maria degli Angeli, 16.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Papale di San Francesco d’Assisi, Assisi, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore, Assisi, 19.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Chiara, Assisi, 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Rufino, Assisi, 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario di San Damiano, Assisi, 19.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Perugia and near

Cascata delle Marmore

From the series “Most Fanciful Waterfalls of the Planet”
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Italy is the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls). At first sight, you can hardly believe that this waterfall is man-made. It was created by the ancient Romans. The height of the waterfall is 165 meters. Since its creation, it remains the highest artificial waterfall in the world and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe. The Cascata delle Marmore is located in the surroundings of the city of Terni. Its source is the Velino river, the waterfall flows into the valley, which is formed by the Nera river. … Read further

Old Town of Pienza

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
The smallest town of Tuscany – Pienza – is one of the nicest in this area. Its population is not so big - just 2 000 people. Today it is quite hard to imagine that earlier on this territory was placed a small village. At the beginning of the 15th century Pius PP. II has rebuilt this village in a large town in Renaissance style. In 1459 the town has drastically changed. … Read further
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