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Perugia: Old Town Walking Tour, Piazza IV Novembre

1. Perugia: Old Town Walking Tour, Piazza IV Novembre

Learn the history of Perugia Old Town on a walking tour for small groups. A local guide will show you through the events that took place in Perugia and that have shaped the city, from the Etruscans to the Romans, until the Papal dominations and the Middle Ages.  Dive into the historic square, Piazza IV Novembre, and admire the masterpiece of engineering and Gothic sculpture that is the Fontana Maggiore. Lose yourself in the splendid landscapes that the city offers and capture photos of the rolling hills and snowy peaks from Mount Subasio to Assisi.  Cross the main street while your guide unveils curiosities and anecdotes about the city, its characters, and some architectural elements that may go unnoticed. See the Etruscan Arch, built in the 3rd Century BC. Then go underground in the Rocca Paolina, a symbol of the power of the Pope in Perugia. Walk around the old fortress and see the exhibitions on display there.

Perugia 2–Hour Small Group Walking Tour

2. Perugia 2–Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Walk along the city walls dating from the Etruscan Age, get lost in the symbols carved by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano's into the Fontana Maggiore and find yourself fascinated by the many layers of the Rocca Paolina - Perugia's undergrounds. Perugia is a city full of charm and history. Every ancient gate, alley, piazza, palazzo and church will capture your imagination, and every museum and gallery will impress you with a sense of history, culture and art. Perugia is not just a stuffy old showcase of the ancient, it also has a young, vibrant and energetic feel. As the site of many festivals and concerts, the most important of which are the annual fall Chocolate festival and the summer Umbria Jazz festival, the city has a chic and urban atmosphere unmatched by other Italian cities.

Perugia: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

3. Perugia: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

The historic journey begins in Piazza IV Novembre, in the city center, where you will pass the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. The tour then continues through various medieval streets to the Renaissance fortress of Rocca Paolina, which displayed the power of Pope Paul III. Since then, the ancient Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval heritage has been destroyed or preserved in underground galleries that are accessible to the public. Continue to the Maggiore fountain, which was built in 1278. Read the Latin inscriptions of the fountain and learn the history of the craftsmen and their role in creating this monumental medieval fountain. The fountain displays multiple iconographies, such as 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues. Next, stop in the Palazzo dei Priori, which was the seat of the city government in the Middle Ages and is now the municipal seat of Perugia. Explore the Gothic building and pass the griffin and lion at its entrance.

Perugia: Private Walking Tour

4. Perugia: Private Walking Tour

Perugia is a city full of charms and history. Every ancient gate, alley, piazza, palazzo and church will capture your imagination; and every museum and gallery will impress you with a sense of history, culture and art. Perugia is not just a stuffy old showcase of the ancient, it also has a young, vibrant and energetic feel. Perugia is the site of many festivals and concerts, the most important of which are the annual fall Chocolate festival and the summer Umbria Jazz festival, lending the city to a chic and urbane atmosphere unmatched by other Italian cities. Meeting point will be at Piazza Italia, from there you will go first exploring the different strata of Rocca Paolina – the so called 'Perugia underground.' Once back to the city center, there will be a stop at a famous old-fashioned but traditional coffee shop for an espresso or a cappuccino topped with hand-whipped cream. The tour will focus on the main fountain – Fontana Maggiore – together with the other buildings standing in the square.

Perugia: Chocolate Museum, Wine, and Tours Package w/ Hotel

5. Perugia: Chocolate Museum, Wine, and Tours Package w/ Hotel

This tour package includes a 3-night stay with 3 breakfasts in a hotel and access to an underground site to see the area’s history in a group tour. Use an entry ticket to satisfy your sweet tooth on a shared tour of the Perugina Chocolate House and relish in a shared winery tour and wine tasting. Start your trip by meeting your guide at Sina Brufani to get settled into your room. This hotel offers unbeatable views and is centrally located in Perugia, so you'll have easy access to the city. Make sure to also take advantage of the hotel's spa, featuring a swimming pool set in medieval rooms. During your stay, choose to walk around the city, spotting sites such as Fontana Maggiore in Piazza IV Novembre, the Perugia Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Rocca Paolina with its underground passages that have preserved parts of the historic center, creating a city within the city. After exploring the city center on foot, experience a guided group tour of Perugia Sotterranea. Descend from the entrance located in the cloister of the Canonica and view the remains of the Etruscan walls, constructed to make the acropolis of Perugia seem even grander. Next, experience the Casa del Cioccolato Perugina. Walk among the treasures of one of the sweetest industries in the country. See unique advertising and packaging from the company archives and savor the pride of Italian chocolate. Finally, visit a local winery, where you will taste local specialty wines.

From Florence: Trasimeno Lake, Perugia & Assisi Private Tour

6. From Florence: Trasimeno Lake, Perugia & Assisi Private Tour

As you cross the Tuscan countryside, the first town you meet will be Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small medieval hamlet with ancient city walls and a beautiful fortress. The town features a famous tourist resort at a magical location which provides a stunning view of the enchanting lake and surrounding islands. After this visit you proceed through the evocative landscape until you reach the hill from which the ancient city of Perugia rises. Evidence of its Etruscan origin is preserved in the travertine walls and the conveniently located in the village centre. Perugia is one of the most popular Italian cities of art, with a beautiful square from which you can admire architectural jewels such as the superb Palazzo dei Priori (1293-1443) and the splendid Cathedral (1345) placed beside the Loggia (1423). The elegant Fontana Maggiore (1275) is another breathtaking masterpiece. The excursion continues until you reach the quaint town where the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181- 1226) lived, worked and died. The town of Assisi can be found at the foot of Mount Subasi. On your arrival you will first visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built as protection for the famous church of the "Porziuncola", where Saint Francis acknowledged his vocation and founded the Order of the Minor Friars. This is also the place where Santa Chiara began her monastic life. Here you can also see the "rosebush without thorns", which continues to grow only in this magical place, according to a legend the rose originated from the contact of the Saint with a thorny bush. After breaking for lunch you reach the center of Assisi where you will meet with an expert local Guide who will accompany you on an exciting visit to the civil and religious artistic heritage of the city. Admire the splendid Gothic Basilica dedicated to Saint Chiara (1257) featuring characteristic pink and white bands, the Renaissance Chiesa Nuova with an elegant Dome and the Roman temple of Minerva which still retains its first century AD façade. Discover the fourteenth century Monte Frumentario and finally visit the famous and beautiful St Francis’ Basilica, a UNESCO heritage monument, built with white-rosy stone originating from Mount Subasio. The wonderful frescoed cycles painted by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti are preserved inside the Basilica. Breathe in the special atmosphere of serenity and joy that this city emanates and you will understand why it has been chosen as symbol of Peace by the delegates of the main religions in the world.

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What people are saying about Perugia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Ellen’s tour of the old city was full of history and beautiful Midieval architechture. I felt like I was actually walking into history and learned so many fascinating things. I especially enjoyed seeing the underground streets that were later covered over with another city on top. An excellent introduction to Perugia, a gem of a lovely little city.

Very informative, interesting tour

Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and history. We saw beautiful scenery and intriguing historical sights. He went above and beyond showing us places not on his usual tour. Highly recommend.

exceptional guide

we had Michaela - he was the perfect guide - walked our pace, never hurried us and provided so much information - excellent tour

Well informed, friendly guide. Adjusted to our slower pace. Provided in-depth info about Perugia, just what we wanted.

We had a great time with our tour guide!! Highly recommended.