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The districts of Perugia

The old town in 5 steps
Visit Perugia in five steps, strolling through the districts within the old town: for those who have little time, for those who return, for those who stay but want to dedicate time to other activities.


District of Porta Eburnea

A visit to the Rocca Paolina, the true gateway to the city, with its great visual and emotional impact, where the ancient and the contemporary coexist, with medieval remains and fine works of contemporary art.


District of Porta Sant'Angelo

Visit the Temple of San Michele Arcangelo, Perugia's oldest building: an early Christian church with a circular shape that reveals itself from a path of cypress trees. Not far away, the charming Museum of Ancient Musical Instruments inside the Cassero Tower, from the top of which you can enjoy the view over the city.


District of Porta Sole

Mentioned in the Paradise of the Divine Comedy, it comprises the highest part of the acropolis, offering one of the city's most evocative views. Inside is the Augusta Library, one of the oldest libraries in Italy and Umbria's most important library of historical preservation. In the San Severo Chapel is a fresco depicting the Trinity, the only work by Raphael left in Perugia, completed by Perugino in the lower part.


District of Porta Santa Susanna

Walking along the ancient decumanus, along via dei Priori, flanked by craft shops, we reach the Torre degli Sciri, a very suggestive place from which to enjoy the view of Perugia, and, continuing, the church of San Francesco al Prato, with the magnificent Oratory of San Bernardino, whose polychrome façade decorated by Agostino di Duccio represents one of the best examples of the Perugia Renaissance.


District of Porta San Pietro

The district includes the 'borgo bello' and takes its name from the patron saint. Through the Arch of Agostino Duccio, an elegant Renaissance work named after its creator, you can reach the Abbey of San Pietro, of extraordinary artistic interest, the medieval garden of the Benedictine monks and the historic Frontone garden, and then let yourself be captured by the shops that animate the street.
 
Piazza IV Novembre is the historic centre of Perugia, the platea magna on which the five districts converge: here stands the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Palazzo dei Priori. Looking up, we find the symbols of Perugia: the griffin and the lion. Inside the Palazzo dei Priori is the National Gallery of Umbria. The Piazza contains one of the most beautiful fountains of the 13th century, the Fontana Maggiore, decorated by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, which highlights the medieval imprint of the city.
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