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Tuesday October 21, 2014 













Perugia
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Ancient history of this town... Perugia gives to its visitors a continued atmosphere of other times, between the medieval churches, the wonders of Perugino, the magic of square IV November, the Greater Splendid Fountain, the Palace of the Initially, the Cathedral and the Umbria National Arcade... then, you can enjoy the better tradition in wines and gastronomic tastes.

First Day
Perugia historic center, famous monuments: the Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Fontana Maggiore
 
Suggestive Via della Maestà delle Volte and homonym fountain, the Acquedotto and the Etruscan Arch
 
Umbria traditional tastes, oil, wines and tartufo nero...
Second Day
   
Room at Collegio della Mercanzia e del Cambio, in Corso Vannucci, and the Rocca Paolina
 
Santa Giuliana Convent, view of Campaccio Garden and the Mercatino dell'Antiquariato
 
Impressive atmosphere... the town, the vibrant life, preserving the best gastronomic traditions
Third Day
   
Etruscan Via dei Priori, and San Filippo Neri Church, the Torre degli Sciri and San Francesco al Prato
 
From Morlacchi Theater to Santa Cecilia Auditorium, with famous Raffaello e Perugino's fresco
 
Dinner at characteristic city place: in Via delle Volte, between the most ancient in Perugia

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Cathedral Entrance





 
 
 
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Morning
Admiring Perugia as famous monument requires that you know its historic heart: Piazza IV Novembre, splendid as city facade, the Cathedral & Palazzo dei Priori. At the center of scene, the magnificent Fontana Maggiore, sculpture from Giovanni e Nicola Pisano in 1278. Turning you find Corso Vannucci admiring North side of Palazzo dei Priori, with its open staircase, tourists always there, admiring the fountain, or only to breath the magic atmosphere of that place. Through the Gothic portal, at the top of staircase, you can admire the precious Sala dei Notari. Across to the palace, you can find the Cathedral, whose side facade is decorated in white and rose marble. At right side entering, you can see pulpit where San Bernardino preached, and at left side, Giulio III statue. Then, at left side, the Loggia di Fortebracci, constructed by Braccio da Montone, Signore di Perugia, in 1423. Under the Loggia a part of Roman wall and a reproduction of Justice stone. At left side, you can see the Palazzo Vescovile, seat of Museo di Storia Naturale. Across to Piazza Danti, the main entrance to Cathedral. Entering to visit it, the cloister seat of Museo Capitolare where many works and liturgical arrangements from Cathedral are kept. San Lorenzo Church, dedicated to one of the three saint protectors of city; together to Ercolano and Constanzo, in Piazza Danti is the Teatro Turreno, one of the most ancient of city. At ground level, the historic Caffè Turreno, authentic and real institution at city.
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Palazzotto dei Notari





 
 
First Day
Perugia: Classic

Afternoon
Turn on Piazza IV Novembre. At Loggia di Fortebracci end you can see the start of the suggestive Via Maestà delle Volte, covered way with impressive Arch, going toward by Maestà, you can find the Palazzo del Podestà. At left side, the second important fountain of city, it is the Fontana delle Volte. Exiting from Medieval heart of Perugia, turn right in Via Baldeschi to visit the Acquedotto Duecentesco, which carried water from Monte Pacciano to Piazza IV Novembre, then, you see a very high way. Turn in Via Santa Elisabetta to visit the Mosaico Romano, belonging at thermal building from Roman era, and San Sebastiano Church. Very near from there, the bordering staircase of Palazzo Gallenga, seat of the Università di Perugia; at its end you can see the Piazza Fortebraccio, a Perugian named Grimana. Turn right at place to admire the impressive Arco Etrusco, then, the Arco di Augusto, remembering the time of Roman domain on this city. It is the most important door at Etruscan wall. Now, go by Via Rocchi, principal Etruscan city way, connecting to historic center —where you can visit many places—, this point is just Piazza Danti. Returning to way, you can find the Enoteca Provinciale, place to taste the best types of Umbria wines and many gastronomic specialties. Through both places, Danti & IV Novembre, you can reach the main way of Perugia: Corso Vannucci. At left side, the Palazzotto dei Notari, with its typical tower and elegant facade. This is an excellent observation place to admire the tower of the Palazzo dei Priori. Through pedestrian way, at right side, you find the big gate with acute arch, entering into the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. At the top of portal, the statue of the saint protector of Perugia. Go to the third level of the Palazzo dei Priori to visit the Galleria, with master pieces of Umbria picture from XIII - XIX centuries: from Perugino to Pinturicchio, Beato Angelico. If you prefer add more enjoyment to your city tour, you can delight stopping obligatorily at Pasticceria Sandri, to taste the most delicious sweet typical recipes.
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Gio' Arte e Vini

 
 
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Evening
Typical Umbria recipes propone exquisite tastes, like tartufo, extra virgin olive oil, delicious meats, the zuppe saporite, tasting them at dinner, in one of the most renown Perugia restaurants: Giò Arte e Vini. At this restaurant you can enjoy a very extensive bar, to taste the best Umbria and national wines.
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Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo





 
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Second Day

Morning
Again, on Corso Vannucci. Next to the Palazzo dei Priori, the Collegio della Mercanzia together the Collegio del Cambio whose audience room has frescos from Perugino, as symbol of Perugia prosperity in this commune. Crossing by the front of this Palazzo is the Via Fani, connecting with rectangle place, Piazza Matteotti, where you find the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo former seat of Magistrate in this commune. At left side of this place, is located the Gesù Church, and at its side, the arch connecting to the Logge dei Lanari and the Mercato Coperto. Here you find traditional businesses of Perugia: the Spezieria Bavicchi finding all local specialties. Turning from Via Mazzini to Corso Vannucci, the elegant Perugia way, the walking, shopping and coffee houses way. It is the "cardoon" of Etruscan Roman city, while at medieval era, it was the administrative and economic center of Perugia. Going across the Piazza della Repubblica we arrive to Piazza Italia, where is the first point of subterranean city, the medieval core of Perugia; with custody of the Rocca Paolina. The Fortress was built in 1540, on Baglioni district, confining it to Fortress subterranean, with main access to district buried in Porta Marzia, which connects with Via Marzia. Viewing is surprising, since you can identify ancient habitat structure, buildings, places, tools and businesses. All area is a blend of medieval and modern trends, with mobile staircases installed at interior area to make easy the descendent crossing to Piazza Partigiano.
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 Rocca Paolina Interior view

Convento di Santa Giuliana - Apt Perugia



 
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Afternoon
The mobile staircase of Rocca Paolina go down fast to Via Masi, and you can visit the church and the ancient Convento di Santa Giuliana. Then, walk Via del Parione, where you can see the Santo Spiritu Church and Convent. Crossing the Arco della Mandorla or Porta Eburnea, Etruscan arch restored in Medieval era, with wall where you can read the following inscription: Augusta Perusia, this arch is too called Arco Etrusco. Baglioni militia found a good auspice under that arch when they were in combat. Turn left and go to Piazza Mariotti, dominated by the Chiesa dell'Annunziata and the Convento delle Mantellate, current seat of the Conservatorio. To see one of the most beautiful scenarios at that city go over Via della Cupa, then, you will admire the majestic travertine Etruscan wall, and the Campaccio, public garden at the ancient Fosso della Cupa. Crossing Via dell'Orso, typical example of medieval arch-covered road, and Via Boncampi, you can reach Corso Vannucci. At Piazza della Repubblica left side you find the Teatro del Pavone, go over Via Bonazzi, businesses, hotels, bars full, and you will find Via Caporali, to admire the ancient Sant'Angelo Church. Last weekend of every month in Perugia you have to go to Mercato dell'Antiquariato e del Collezionismo offered at Giardini Carducci.
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Trattoria Vecchia Perusia

 
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At ancient Perugia streets you breathe an exquisite and ancient atmosphere of alleys, ground floor of medieval palaces... and little restaurants to taste the best traditions of local wines and gastronomy. One of these places is Vecchia Perusia, restaurant located at one of the historic city roads: Via Ulisse Rocchi, Etruscan city main road.
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San Filippo Neri Church

Torre degli Sciri



 
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Morning
Going beyond the Palazzo dei Priori you cross arch over the campanile of the historic building, and start descending Via dei Priori, which goes following the ancient Etruscan way connecting to the street of Trasimeno and the Toscana. After few meters you would be on Via della Gabbia, where was the dock in medieval era to shut away the condemned people. Continuing by this way you find very tight and tortuous alleys, which give a typical appearance of old city. The next stop will be at Piazza Ferri, where you see the Chiesa di San Filippo Neri, the best representative of Baroque architecture in this city, and palace to admire, at interior, the Immacolata Concezione, from Pietro da Cortona. Almost in front of church you find one of the most renowned antiques business: Arte Antica Bruschelli, whose entrance is an ancient gate. Go down street and admire the majestic Torre degli Sciri, at the Piazzetta degli Oddi, the sole 46 m-height survivor building from Medieval era, symbol of economic and politic power of Perugia family. At Tower side you see the Oratorio della Confraternita di San Francesco, ancient example of Perugia Baroque. Continuing, at left side, see the Porta Trasimena, whose front is covered with green lawn, where rises San Francesco al Prato, loved city place, widely visited on "bella stagione" by many people to enjoy sun. Next building has a Renaissance arch connecting with unique precious polychrome façade of Oratorio San Bernardino. Crossing arch you reach the Convento di San Francesco, current seat of the Accademia delle Belle Arti, whose gypsotheca keep some Canova's plaster figures.
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Morlacchi Theater

Pozzo Etrusco - Apt Perugia

San Simone al Carmine Church

 
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Afternoon
Continuing on Via del Poggio you find other Etruscan wall section, connecting to Piazza Morlacchi. Rose facade palace is the Teatro Morlacchi, from XIX century bourgeoisie, became in local noble symbol. Arriving to Piazza Cavallotti, turn right to Via della Stella: the building in angle with Via Fratti is Auditorium di Santa Cecilia. Via Maestà delle Volte, Piazza IV Novembre, Piazza Danti: at number 18 you find Pozzo Etrusco with 36 m-depth and 5 m-diameter. Going to Piazza IV Novembre, turn at Via Calderini, whose front has the Gesù Church. Continue toward city, to be precise over Via Alessi and go to Via Cartolari. There, the atmosphere gives the typical Medieval village sense with alley and arch connecting with the little place. There, you are in San Fiorenzo; continue on Via Imbriani, pass Porta di Santa Margherita. From Via della Viola you can reach Via del Carmine, and at its further end, homonym church. Turn right and at the end of Via del Duca, turn left, there is the ancient Arco dei Gigli, with one of its city entrances ends in a big staircase. Continue on Via Bontempi and turn on Piazza Raffaello, where you see the Chiesa di San Severo, place where you can admire, at one of its sides, the famous Cappella keeping the Raffaello's fresco Perugino. From Via dell'Aquila, continue to Piazza Michelotti, the highest city point. Suddenly you can see at this Piazza, one of the most suggestive panoramic view city points. Turn right to Via Bontempi and go down to central entrance of the Via Volte della Pace, where a big part of the journey will be done under covered ways.
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Antica Trattoria delle Volte

 
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Evening
One of the most suggestive locations to dinner is the Antica Trattoria delle Volte in front of Piazza Matteotti, and Gesù Church. La Trattoria is a typical medieval location at city, Via delle Volte, a covered road. You might taste typical Umbrian tradition dishes, accompanied.
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