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  • 1 Piazza 4 Novembre (Square of the 4th of November) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza IV-Novembre

    Here you are in the heart of the city on one of the most prestigious squares in Italy which brings together the main monuments of the glorious "communal" period: the Priors' Palace, the Great Fountain and the cathedral. At the end of the sq..

  • 2 Fontana Maggiore Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza IV-Novembre

    Designed in 1278 by Fra Bevignate, this fountain has admirable proportions and an attractive decor of sculpted panels by Nicola Pisano (on the lower bowl) and his son Giovanni; today it is part merely copies, the originals have been placed in the nat..

  • 3 Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Corso Vannucci 19

    Situated in the Palazzo dei Priori, the gallery has a large collection allowing visitors to follow the evolution of the Umbrian School from the 13C to the end of the 18C. Works by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Pietro da Cortona, and of..

  • 4 Church of San Pietro Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Borgo XX-Giugno 74

    The magnificent porta San Pietro, by Florentine artist Agostino di Duccio, provides access to this church which was built at the end of the 10C and remodelled during the Renaissance. Inside are excellent canvases by Aliense, a contemporary and compat..

  • 5 Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Giordano-Bruno 10

    In this museum there is a large section of Etruscan and Roman archaeology with some remarkable funereal urns, sarcophaguses and Etruscan bronzes.

  • 6 Oratorio di S. Bernardino (Oratory of St Bernard) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Priori

    This jewel of Renaissance architecture is reached on foot along the picturesque via dei Priori and is by Agostino di Duccio who mingled the purity of the lines with a delicate decor of fine sculptures and coloured marble. The bas-reliefs on the facad..

  • 7 Capella di San Severo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Raffaello

    This tiny chapel is famous for its cycle of frescoes, the upper part of which was painted by Raphael between 1507 and 1508. The lower part was completed by Il Perugino in 1521 after the death of his young pupil.

  • 8 Palazzo dei Priori Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza IV-Novembre

    This impressive yet austere structure was begun in the 13C and extended during the following centuries. The façade, which overlooks the square, has a majestic staircase leading to the pulpit from which priors preached fire and brimstone. On the Corso..

  • 9 Cathedral of San Lorenzo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Dante

    Don't let the Baroque doorway opening onto the piazza Dante confound you, this cathedral is out and out Gothic! It contains an interesting Descent from the Cross by Barocci (1577) which inspired Rubens and, in the left-hand chapel, a ring said to be ..

  • 10 S. Domenico (Church of St Dominic) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Giordano-Bruno

    This impressive Gothic church (extended inside in the 17C) contains the funereal monument of Benedict XII.

  • 11 Collegio del Cambio (Moneychangers College) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Vannucci 25

    Built in the 15 C to house the moneychangers, it has an audience room decorated with remarkable frescoes by Perugino and his pupils and a Statue of Justice, by Benedetto da Maiano (15C).

  • 12 Via delle Volte della Pace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Volte-della-Pace

    This medieval street is made up of a long Gothic 14C portico which follows the Etruscan city wall.

  • 13 Church of Sant'Angelo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via del Tempio

    Decorated with sixteen old columns, this small circular plan church was built in the 16C and 17C.

  • 14 Rocca Paolina (Pauline Fortress) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Italia 11

    This fortress of which only a remains are left owes its name to Pope Paul III who had it built around 1540. Inside are impressive walls, streets and a well dating from the 11C and 16C and anachronistic yet suitable moving staircases.

  • 15 Arco etrusco (Etruscan Arch) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Ulisse Rocchi

    This impressive construction is near the majestic Gallenga palace (18 C) which contains a university for foreign students. It is made from enormous stone blocks. To the left on top of the tower is a loggia dating from the 16C.

  • 16 Ipogeo dei Volumni (Volumnian Hypogeum) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Assisana 53

    This Etruscan cemetery carved out of the rock is made up of an atrium and nine funeral rooms. The larges is that of the La plus importante est celle de the Volumnian family which contains six rounded tombstones (cippi), the most remakable, as it shou..

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