Perugia: a nice trip from Antiche Mura

Perugia, an Umbrian city of considerable historical, artistic and cultural importance, offers visitors an immersion in its rich heritage. From medieval masterpieces such as the Fontana Maggiore to the artistic treasures housed in the National Gallery of Umbria, via the evocative underground streets of the Rocca Paolina and the vibrant piazzas of life, Perugia is an essential stop for those wishing to explore the authentic roots of Italian culture.

The city of Perugia, a jewel set in the heart of Umbria, opens its doors to travelers revealing a heritage of inestimable historical, artistic and cultural value. Every alley, square and monument becomes a narrator of bygone eras, offering guests a glimpse into the richness and urban elegance of this city. Distinctive elements such as the Fontana Maggiore, a masterpiece of medieval engineering, and the National Gallery of Umbria, which jealously guards artistic treasures of the region, place Perugia as a must-see destination for those in search of the authentic roots of Italian culture.
Fascinating sites such as the Rocca Paolina, with its winding underground paths, and Piazza Italia, the epicenter of city life, illustrate the profile of a city that proudly guards its past while navigating the waters of the present. Perugia is a crossroads where past and future, art and everyday life, come together creating a unique context where innovation is intertwined with tradition.

The “Fontana Maggiore” in Perugia Old Town

At the center of Perugia, the Fontana Maggiore represents an emblem of engineering and artistic excellence from the Middle Ages. Positioned at the heart of Piazza IV Novembre, the work was created by the mastery of Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni, who harmoniously fused aesthetics and utility together, creating a structure that still fascinates and amazes today. Decorated with bas-reliefs illustrating biblical episodes, the cycle of months and academic disciplines, it transforms the fountain into a veritable sculpted chronicle of divinity and humanity.

The Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia

This religious edifice, the spiritual heart of Perugia, also reveals itself as a custodian of priceless works of art, telling the story of faith through the ages. It presents to its visitors not only Pandolfi’s frescoes but also a collection of stained glass windows, wood carvings and ecclesiastical artifacts that display the Umbrian Christian tradition. Its façade, which was never completed, and its peculiar position facing the square give it a distinctive appeal.

The National Gallery of Umbria

Located in the sumptuous Palazzo dei Priori, this gallery immerses visitors in the evolution of Umbrian art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Its rooms, true visual narratives, house the creations of illustrious artists such as Perugino, Pinturicchio and Benozzo Gozzoli, outlining the artistic history of Umbria. With a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, textile art and sacred relics, the gallery establishes itself as a must-see for art lovers.

The “Rocca Paolina” of Perugia

Far more than a monument to papal sovereignty, the Rocca Paolina is a living layer of Perugia’s history. Built at the behest of Pope Paul III to assert ecclesiastical authority over the city, the structure includes parts of underground Perugia, transformed into walkways that now offer a unique traverse of history. A visit to this fortress allows visitors to experience an encounter between past and present, in an almost dreamlike atmosphere.

“Italia” Square

This space represents the hub of modernity and civic life in Perugia, being the ideal point from which to begin urban discovery. Surrounded by historically significant buildings that now house government functions and stylish cafes, the square offers an impressive backdrop to the Umbrian landscape. It is the crossroads where Perugia’s contemporary pulse intertwines with its rich past, inviting citizens and guests to enjoy its unique charm.

Priori Palace

This palace is not simply a historic building but represents the essence of Perugia’s culture and administration. Dominating the cityscape with its grandeur, it tells centuries-old stories inside. Home to the National Gallery of Umbria and the venerable guilds of the Noble Collegio della Mercanzia and the Noble Collegio del Cambio, rich in history and art, its rooms, adorned with Renaissance and medieval decorations, are custodians of narratives of art, power and diplomacy that have shaped Perugia. To visit it is to take a journey through time,discovering every corner that reveals a fragment of Perugia’s intricate history.

The Ancient Perugia: the Etruscan Arch.

Known as the Arch of Augustus, this structure is one of Perugia’s historic pillars and a testament to its Etruscan roots. Positioned as a gateway in the ancient city walls, it embodies millennia-old architectural and engineering mastery. Its imposing construction and Latin inscriptions tell of an era when Perugia was a crucial node in the network of Italic civilizations. To walk through it is to step back in time, touching on the city’s long history.

The Etruscan Well

This well, a striking example of advanced Etruscan engineering, demonstrates the technological acumen of an ancient people in the management of water. Deeply rooted in the soil of Perugia, it guaranteed access to fresh water, a vital resource in ancient times. A visit to this engineering marvel not only allows one to admire Etruscan construction skills but also to understand the importance of water in the survival and prosperity of ancient civilizations.

The “Porta Marziale”

This gate, with its grandeur and fine decoration, represents another treasure of the city’s Etruscan past. Now an integral part of the Rocca Paolina, Porta Marzia evokes the time when Perugia stood as a proudly autonomous fortress. Speculation about its name offers a glimpse into the cultural and historical depth of the place, connecting it to the cult of Mars or the ancient rituals that took place here. To visit it is to explore Perugia’s deep roots, celebrating the historical continuity that links the present to its illustrious Etruscan and Roman past.

The “Nobile Collegio del Cambio”

Located inside the Palazzo dei Priori, the Nobile Collegio del Cambio is a hidden gem, where rooms adorned with Perugino’s frescoes shine with timeless beauty. These paintings, extolling justice, prudence and virtue, not only embellish the spaces but also embody the ideals of Renaissance Perugia. A visit to this place allows one to immerse oneself in a context where art dialogues with history and philosophy. The Collegio testifies to the intertwining of financial power and culture, showing the ambition of Perugia’s moneychangers to leave an indelible trace of their influence in the city’s historical fabric.

Perugia : a unique experience from B&B Antiche Mura

Choosing B&B Antiche Mura in Arezzo as a base for your explorations means savoring the quiet and charm of an urban setting. Antiche Mura is strategically positioned to set out to discover Perugia and its wonders. Each excursion turns into a chance to discover hidden corners and stories never told, enriching the journey with experiences and knowledge that settle in the memory.
We invite our guests to immerse themselves in the discovery of Perugia, allowing themselves to be captivated by its main attractions but also to explore beyond, as every street in this city hides secret corners and treasures waiting to be revealed. With Antiche Mura as your point of reference an exclusive experience awaits you. Deeply rooted in the history, art and culture, Perugia is of one of Umbria’s most magnetic cities.

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