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Perugia: 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

1. Perugia: 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

On this 2.5-hour private tour you'll walk through the picturesque city of Perugia with a dedicated guide, experiencing steep medieval streets, breathtaking views and many delicious specialties that will be waiting for you. During the tour you'll explore Piazza IV Novembre, the real heart of the city, where you will be amazed by the famous Fontana Maggiore. As you'll see, this square is cloaked by the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, where the National Gallery of Umbria has been located since 1878. From Piazza IV Novembre starts Corso Vannucci, the center of Perugian social life, with its shops and coffee places. Stroll along Corso Vannucci until you reach Rocca Paolina, a real fortress that was built by Pope Paolo III after the sack of Rome. Make the most of this historically rich, educational and interesting tour to discover an authentic typical Italian medieval city in the beautiful region of Umbria.

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Perugia: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

2. 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.

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Perugia: Old Town Walking Tour, Piazza IV Novembre

3. 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.

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From Florence: Trasimeno Lake, Perugia & Assisi Private Tour

4. 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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From Rome: Chocolate Factory, Perugia, and Spoleto Tour

5. From Rome: Chocolate Factory, Perugia, and Spoleto Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Rome and travel to the  Perugina chocolate factory. Visit the museum and learn about origin of cacao, its production, and various chocolate recipes. Discover the secrets of Perugina's most famous products, such as the Baci and much more. The museum also includes videos and stories about the history of this important Italian company. At the end of the museum tour, taste some of the delicious chocolate products produced in the factory. Depending on the production schedule, you may be able to enter the factory and watch the production lines from the catwalk.  Next, make your way to the town of Perugia, which is home to a vast amount of artistic and cultural treasures, such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the beautiful Town Hall, and the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore. Explore the beautiful capital of Umbrian heritage with your guide.  Finally, visit the town of Spoleto, where culture and nature live together in harmony. Learn about some famous visitors such as Michelangelo and Stendhal who sang the praises of this beautiful town. During your visit, you will have the chance to admire ancient monuments like the Roman theater, or the medieval Cathedral of St Maria Assunta.

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