Itinerary of Perugia in one day, Italy.

Itinerary of Perugia in one day, Italy.

Perugia is the magnificent capital of Umbria , a medieval city built over the years on an original Russian-era building. If you have only one day, the best decision is to focus on the historic center, which includes all the most important sights and monuments of the city. It also consists of a tangle of narrow streets and alleys with breathtaking views, taverns and restaurants offering typical dishes.

1. one-day itinerary in Perugia

The itinerary includes all the main stops of Perugia , with the exception of museums and sights, which will take too much time.

The day may start just in Piazza IV November, in the heart of the historical center, where you can admire the beautiful Fontana Maggiore, Palazzo dei Priori and visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Then make your way to the Russian Well, a masterpiece of engineering, and end your morning with a stroll along the medieval aqueduct.

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1. one-day itinerary in Perugia

After lunch, head to the opposite side of the historic center, arriving at Piazza Italia to admire the picturesque landscape of Rocca Paolina, some parts of which can be visited by metro. From here, admire the church of Sant’Ercolano outside and reach the Basilica of San Domenico, visible from anywhere in the city. In the evening return to Piazza IV Novembre this area is actually the busiest and you can find a wild nightlife in nearby streets such as Via dei Priori, Pozzo Erusco area, Corso Vannucci and Piazza Matteotti.

2. Piazza IV of November Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo

There is no better place to start your day in Perugia than Piazza IV Novembre, the beating heart of the historic center. There are some remarkable buildings such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Palazzo dei Priori, which houses the National Gallery of Umbria. In the center of the square there is the Fontana Maggiore, one of the most famous fountains in Italy and one of the beauties of the city.

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2. Piazza IV of November Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Once in Piazza IV November, take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Lorenzo (usually open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7 pm, admission is free). The Baroque interior is truly unique, with three large naves and beautiful frescoes and works of art. And the outer staircase is a meeting place for university students and young people from Perugia, who spend their evenings here in good company.

3. the Etruscan well and the medieval aqueduct

After visiting Piazza IV Novembre it’s time to walk to the northern part of the historic center in just 2 minutes on foot you will find yourself at the Etruscan well, a real engineering work not to be missed. The city has a very ancient history and this place is a testament to that, besides being one of the most unusual hydraulic structures in Perugia, it dates back to about 300 B.C. and is 37 meters deep.

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After visiting the well, it is time to discover another testimony of the ancient past of the city in fact about 5 minutes walk from the hotel is the Medieval Aqueduct, one of the most memorable places in Perugia. Its history dates back to the Romans and today you can walk the entire route or part of it, taking in the wonderful views of the city.

The Etruscan well is open every day 10:00-13:30 and 14:30-18:30. It is an extremely fascinating attraction to visit, but not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia or do not like to go underground.

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3. the Etruscan well and the medieval aqueduct

4. Piazza Italia and Rocca Paolina

After lunch, it’s time to visit the southern part of the historic center . Then walk to Piazza Italia, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, where there are several administrative buildings such as the Prefecture, the Bank of Italy and other government offices. In the center of the square there is also the wonderful Siren Fountain.

Once you reach Piazza della Italia, take the opportunity to visit Rocca Paolina or rather what’s left of it in fact the Rocca no longer exists, in its place is Palazzo della Provincia, but its dungeons can be visited by taking the escalator. Rocca which cross them offering a truly unique and above all free show. The stairs are active from early morning until late at night.

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4. Piazza Italia and Rocca Paolina

5. San Domenico Monastery and Borgo Bello

Finally, leaving Rocca Paolina behind in the afternoon, take a photo at the lovely entrance stairs of the Church of Sant’Ercolano (open only pts 4:00-6:30pm and Sat 9:30-13:00pm) and then take Corso Cavour.

In just 5 minutes’ walk you will arrive at the Monastery of San Domenico, which you saw earlier from the Carducci Gardens. In fact, given its location, the church is visible from anywhere in the city and its bell tower stands out on the roofs of the surrounding houses. The basilica is located in the center of Borgo Bello, an ancient village where the Dominicans and Benedictines once settled. It was a village rich in art and charm that still reflects these ancient features. The monastery of San Domenico has a Gothic style and its interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes, large windows and some works of art.

Visiting information is open every day from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Free admission.

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5. San Domenico Monastery and Borgo Bello

6. Activities and ideas for alternative itineraries

If you do not want to visit the Etruscan well because of the bottlenecks, do not worry, there are many alternatives, such as great museums. In fact, in Piazza IV Novembre you will find the National Gallery of Umbria, one of the most important museums in the region. We advise you to also consider a visit to the Torre degli Sciri, the only surviving one of the hundreds of towers of the medieval period of the city. It is usually open only on weekends and not at specific times, so it is advisable to consult the official website. If you love sacred art, Perugia is full of wonderful churches and you can follow a special itinerary with a visit to the Oratory of San Bernardino (free), the complex of San Pietro and the Church of San Michele Arcangelo (free), one of the first early Christian churches in Italy.

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6. Activities and ideas for alternative itineraries

If you are traveling with the family, we recommend a visit to Perugina Chocolate House, 8 km from the center, the little ones will love it. In the morning instead of the Etruscan well we recommend the Medieval Garden (free of charge).

Perugia. What to see in one day

Perugia Photos and Sights. What to see in Perugia. How to get to Perugia.

I’ve visited a couple dozen Italian cities, and among all of them, Perugia, the capital of Umbria, takes the honorable first place as the strangest and most alien city. I often encounter the statement that all Italian cities look the same. I do not know, I do not know, after a week in Tuscany, being in Umbrian Perugia, it’s like I flew to another planet.

I ended last week’s story on my difficult choice of how to end my last day in Italy. To continue walking around Arezzo? But I got around the main sights of the city, and there was no point in visiting all the other numerous churches, since I hadn’t prepared for them, and, yes, almost everything was closed that Sunday afternoon. Back to Florence? But I would arrive late enough for museums and churches, and just walking the streets of Florence didn’t appeal to me at all. But what if. what if I migrated to the neighboring region of Umbria and ran through its capital, Perugia? I checked the schedule; it was only an hour by train from Arezzo to Perugia, and I was just in time to catch a comfortable train. Well, as Caesar said, alea jacta est. Let’s go to Perugia!

I didn’t have much time left for Perugia, just a couple of hours. And I arrived there with my head completely clear, although I read a couple of reports on the way. So don’t expect a total city report in my usual style, maps with sights and routes, and lots of copypaste from Wikipedia, this time it will be just a kind of photo album. But enough flagellation (appreciate the pun, connoisseurs of the city) and foreplay, let’s go for a walk in Perugia.

The strangeness started right at the exit of the station. If in my rating of the most perverted public transport the elevators of Genoa were at the top of the list, Perugia has managed to successfully surpass them. Here there is a branch of the so-called Minimetro. It’s essentially an ordinary funicular, a train car is dragged along the rails with a cable. But it’s so comical and alien! Check out the video.

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The minimetro station is conveniently located a minute’s walk from the Perugia train station. It’s funny that several people I knew when they were in Perugia didn’t know about the subject and stomped up the hill on foot. Just like the good old days. Back then, if Morton is to be believed, “there were oxen (!) at the foot of the mountain: they helped the horses and mules pull the carriages up. Very few travelers ventured up; hundreds prudently made their way past Perugia.”

The carriages are quite tiny, with only eight seats inside, but they are very fast and almost silent. Everything is fully automated, there is no driver. They run very frequently, almost every couple of minutes. When I arrived, there were almost no passengers, but in the evening people started coming down from the center and I even had to stand in a small line to get on.

The whole system is very modern and comfortable, not at all Italian (those who used the Italian public transport, will understand me). I had no problem paying for my ticket (1.30 euro one way) with a Russian card at the ticket machines.

During the ascent from the car offer great views, in general, the minimetro is not only very practical and convenient, but also unique and fun tourist attraction. Do not miss it!

I was by then used to the fact that most of the Tuscan cities I had visited before were situated on a high hill, but Perugia was ahead here as well. The altitude is even more impressive, 450 meters above sea level. So the whole city is basically one great vantage point.

Greetings from my beloved Siena.

One of Perugia’s main streets, Via Baglioni, is named after the family that ruled Perugia for several centuries.

The ineluctable Victor-Emmanuel II.

View of the Basilica of St. Dominic .

Another vantage point. By the way, it was pretty cold in Perugia in early May. Just an hour ago I was pining from the heat in Arezzo, but in Perugia at altitude there was just an icy wind blowing. If it hadn’t been for the already hot summer sun, I would have frozen in my T-shirt here.

After about fifteen minutes, Perugia finally won me over. Before that, I had most enjoyed walking through the steep medieval streets of Siena. But Perugia is Siena squared, no, even cube. Because it’s the most 3D three-dimensional city I’ve ever seen. I’m dead serious. This is despite the fact that I have not yet visited the local famous dungeons, and walked only on the surface. The city is really multi-leveled because of its topography, and somewhat reminiscent of the famous Escher etching. I tell you, it’s a strange place!

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“Walk the streets of Perugia as far as you can see. In the narrow alleys, huge buildings surrounded me, all of them either climbing up or down. Huge arches led up to new floors. I stepped out onto a terrace overlooking a chasm and saw the opposite slope, which was lined with palaces, houses, and churches. The roofs rose one above the other, following the natural contour of the mountain.

I was walking down the street, and suddenly the man moving a few paces ahead suddenly disappeared. When I approached the place where he had disappeared, I found that he had simply walked quietly down the steps to the street below. In the same manner other people have appeared to me: first the head would appear, and I thought the man was coming out of a cellar or a manhole.”

Morton ends his hymn to the streets of Perugia with the unexpected conclusion, “In such a city only to kill! “.

In places it looks like ordinary Italy.

But at the same time, many of the streets have a similarly chthonic look.

After wandering through the intricacies of the streets of Perugia, in which my map on my phone and GPS navigator were completely useless, I came out again on the main street Corso Vannucci. But even here Perugia can’t be a normal city, note that the facades of the buildings, not flat, but go in waves.

Palazzo Priory . If you stand at a certain angle to the Palace, you can see that it’s not just asymmetrical – it’s undulating. Not surprising, because, in fact, the Palazzo was built on top of existing buildings, which led to some disharmony. I’ve already demonstrated this undulation in my photo above.

The Movida (or how do you say in Italian?) on the main Corso of Perugia tells the visiting tourist that it’s not some backwoods place like Pistoia, but the real capital.

Piazza Novembre 4, the main decorations of the square: the Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Since it’s Mr. Morton who’s taking my place today, we’ll let him speak again. “A beautiful staircase leads to the porch, on which a bronze Pope Julius III sits in the pose of a merciful ruler. Near the porch a stone pulpit protrudes from the building. From here St. Bernardino spoke to the people of Perugia about their vices; and above the main gate, behind the glass, is a large crucifix. Six hundred years ago it was placed here by a canonier who, by mistake, fired a shell into the cathedral in this very spot. The usual gesture for Perugia – first violence, then repentance!”

All the necessities of Italian life are within walking distance: pizza, chocolate and ice cream.

It somehow doesn’t tie in with the harsh and bloody image of Perugia that it is also the sweet capital of Italy. But here is an interesting turn, here is the largest chocolate factory, and the famous Baci (kiss kiss) sweets are produced exactly in Perugia. No wonder that in the tourist center of the city chocolate stores at every step, and once a year the festival Eurochocolate is held here.

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Still, sometimes it’s nice to do relaxed stories without that obligatory “what did I take in this picture” investigation. Yeah, who cares what that thing in the wall with the two doors is called. I’m resting today, don’t pester me, please.

“Perugia is a city of little architecture. Its nobles were too absorbed in war and internecine strife to have time to think about decorating the streets with the palaces with which Tuscany and Lacium are so rich and Umbria so poor. Walking through its narrow streets, which seem to be gorges dug in the lavas erupted by the volcano of history.”

The picture is a perfect illustration of the thesis that Perugia is a bag of rocks. And, call me an architectural pervert, but I love these very rugged gorges . I realized this back in Siena. Anyway, Muratov’s unflattering review of Perugia, which I cited above, is more of a compliment to me.

Good thing I read about the flagellants after my trip to Perugia, or I would have gone completely nuts. “An unnamed English pilgrim said of it: ‘The awful city of Perugia. Apparently he had heard tales of it being bathed in blood, and perhaps of the Flagellants, whose movement had its origins here. They wore masks and walked through the streets whipping themselves until their wounds bled. They asked God to forgive their sins.

As an instrument of mortification and punishment of the flesh, each flagellant carried a whip or whip with three tails, fitted with numerous knots, each containing thorns as long as a finger, which, when struck, plunged into the flesh with such force that “it sometimes required an extra tug to get them out.” When they came to town, they usually assembled in the local church, where, stripped to their breeches (linen trousers), they made a procession with songs and prayers, after which they prostrated themselves on the floor in the position corresponding to the sin for which they sought atonement (adulterers on their stomachs, murderers on their backs, perjurers with their fingers pressed to their lips, etc.). The ceremony of self-condemnation was then begun, ending only when “the blood began to trickle down them in streams down to their ankles.

Sweet, sweet Perugia.

After getting acquainted with the very center of the city, I decided to go beyond its borders and head for Italy’s most (well, or one of) ancient churches. Yes, yes, there is one in Perugia. And the church from the 5th (!) century doesn’t look like a normal church at all, here, Perugia is like that, I tell you – a strange and alien city. But about this in the next story: Perugia. What to see in one day (continued)

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