Perugia is quite simply,
stunning. No holiday at
Mazzaforte would be complete
without a visit to this dazzler.

Compact enough to be toured
on foot, the
centro storico
(historic centre) of the city is a
veritable treasure trove of
architectural and artistic gems.
The city is also host to one of
Europe's major musical
events; Umbria Jazz, held in
July.

Even though the photos on
this page were taken on a
bleak winter's day in January,
in poor light and with
intermittent drizzle - the sheer
genius of the city is impossible
to cloak, whatever the weather
conditions.    
Time from Mazzaforte: 40 minutes
Market day: Tuesday, Saturday
Town website:
The route:
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Streets & Squares
Begun in the 13th
century, the Palazzo dei
Priori was added to and
following two hundred
years.  One of the finest
medieval buildings in Italy,
it dominates both the
city's principal piazza (
IV
Novembre
) and its main
thoroughfare,
Corso
Vannucci
.

The two bronze statues
above the main entrance
portal are the winged
griffin - which is the
symbol of Perugia - and
the Imperial Guelph lion.
The originals, cast in the
13th century, are in the
Galleria Nazionale dell'
Umbria, inside the Palazzo.
Details
Doors
Corso Vannucci
The entrance to the Collegio del Cambio, part of the Palazzo dei
Priori.  Inside, frescoes by Pietro Perugino
Fontana Maggiore in the
Piazza IV Novembre
Porta Marzia (Gate of Mars)
Arco Etrusco (Etruscan Arch)
Marble reliefs on the facade of the Oratorio di San Bernadino
The Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria in the Palazzo dei
Priori contains an infinity of treasures.  The Polyptych
of Perugia (Also known as the Polyptych of St.
Anthony, by Piero della Francesca, and commissioned
by the Franciscan convent of Sant' Antonio da Padova
in Perugia, is perhaps the greatest.  It was completed
around 1470.  The formal geometric elegance of the
Annunciation, set in the cusp, is one of the finest
achievements of the Renaissance
Art
Pietro Vannucci - il
Perugino; Polittico di
Sant'Agostino:
l'adorazione dei pastori
Self Portrait; Pietro
Vannucci - il Perugino
Piero della Francesca; self-
portrait, in a detail from
Resurrection, Museo Civico,
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