The town was an important Etruscan and Roman centre. In the Middle Ages Perugia was a free municipality that asserted its authority on other towns of Umbria. After a period under the rule of local lords, the town was subject to the Pope's authority until the unification of Italy. Important historic and artistic monuments belong to such periods.



  • Arco Etrusco (one of the two main Etruscan Arches, gates to the town; Piazza Fortebraccio)
  • Pozzo Etrusco (Etruscan well; Piazza Danti)
  • Roman Mosaic (2nd century; Via Sant'Elisabetta / Via Alessandro Pascoli, on the ground floor of Italian University)
  • Porta Marzia (one of the two main Etruscan Arches, included into the Fortress wall; Via Marzia)
  • Ipogeo dei Volumni (2nd century B.C, etruscan hypogeum, museum and necropolis; at Ponte San Giovanni, suburb of Perugia)
  • Tempio di San Michele Arcangelo (5th/6th century, central plan paleo-christian church; quarter of Porta Sant'Angelo)
Middle Ages
  • Fontana Maggiore (13th century, sculptures by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Piazza 4 Novembre)
  • Palazzo dei Priori (13th - 16th century, Town Hall; Piazza 4 Novembre / Corso Vannucci)
    • Sala dei Notari
    • Collegio del Cambio (frescoes by Perugino)
    • Collegio della Mercanzia
  • Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (15th century; Piazza Matteotti)
  • Palazzo dell'Università Vecchia (15th century; Piazza Matteotti)
  • Chiesa di San Pietro (11th - 17th century; Via Borgo 20 Giugno)
  • Chiesa di San Domenico (13th - 17th century; Corso Cavour)
  • Chiesa di San Francesco al Prato (13th century; Piazza San Francesco al Prato)
  • Chiesa di Sant'Ercolano (14th century; Scalette di Sant'Ercolano / Corso Cavour)
  • Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (15th century; Piazza 4 Novembre)
  • Rocca Paolina (16th century, Fortress built by Antonio da Sangallo; escalators Piazza Partigiani - Piazza Italia / Via Marzia)
  • Porta San Pietro (15th century; Corso Cavour / Via Borgo 20 Giugno)
  • Oratorio di San Bernardino (15th century, façade by Agostino di Duccio; Piazza San Francesco)
  • Fresco by Raphael [Raffaello Sanzio] (Church of San Severo; Piazza Raffaello / Quarter of di Porta Sole)


It is also on sale a cumulative ticket to visit various monuments

  • Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (paintings by Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio, Perugino; Palazzo dei Priori)
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria (Prehistoric, Etruscan and Roman finds; Cloister of the Church of San Domenico)
  • Museo Capitolare (Cloister of San Lorenzo Cathedral)
  • Museo delle Porte e Mura urbiche (Porta Sant'Angelo)


Umbria Jazz (July); Sagra musicale umbra (September); Eurochocolate (October).


Torgiano is an important centre of wine production. In August we have two nice events: "Calici di stelle" (tasting of wine and foods, shows) and the "Vinarelli", exhibition of paintings made with colours mixed in wine. Very interesting is the "Museo del Vino e dell'Olio", with a collection of objects and works of art bound up with the two products (wine and oil). Near the smaller centre of Brufa, in a countryside space, we find several scupltures of contemporary artists.


Famous since the Middle Ages for the production of artistic ceramics, Deruta can be visited for the Church of St. Francis (13th century), the Town Hall, the "Pinacoteca" (picture-gallery, 15th-18th century works) and the "Museo delle ceramiche" (16th-18th century works).

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