Highlights of this half-day tour are the notorious papal citadel called the Rocca Paolina, the Fontana Maggiore, the Arco Etruscso and the National Gallery of Umbria.
Perugia, the capital of the Umbrian Region, has a glorious past. It was one of the 12 confederate cities of Etruria, an important settlement during the Roman period and an artistic center in the Middle Ages. Set atop a hill, it is encircled by massive travertine walls that were built for protection purposes.
A highlight of your visit will be the notorious citadel - the Rocca Paolina - one of the most impressive and frightening symbols of papal power ever built. Constructed by Pope Paul III in 1540 from the remains of hundreds of demolished houses, churches and monasteries, it still leaves its visitors in awe.
Walking along Corso Vannucci, the town's vibrant main street, you see the Collegio del Cambio. Once seat of the powerful guild of money changers, its importance is reflected in a fresco painted by Perugino in 1500. Proceeding along this street you pass the Old University, the Palazzo dei Priori, the beautiful 13th century fountain called the Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. From there you descend to the Arco Etrusco, one of the seven Etruscan city gates.
Last stop is a visit the Palazzo dei Priori, site of the National Gallery of Umbria. Here is housed a precious collection of Renaissance paintings by Perugino, Pinturicchio, Piero della Francesca and Beato Angelico, as well as other works of art ranging from the 13th to the 18th centuries.
|# of People||Price|
|1 - 6 people||$240.00 per group|
|7 - 10 people||$260.00 per group|
|Private Tour||From $240.00 per group|
Please note that the entrance fees for Collegio del Cambio (â?¬ 3,50) and the National Gallery of Umbria (â?¬ 6,50) must be paid on site.
The walking tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours.
Sites Included: Rocca Paolina, Porta Marzia, Giardini Carducci, Piazza Italia, Corso Vannucci, Collegio del Cambio, Old University, Palazzo dei Priori, Fontana Maggiore, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Porta Sole, Arco Etrusco, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria
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