Best Things To Do in Perugia, Italy

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  • Palazzo dei Priori: Large Gothic style palace build in between 13th and 14th century is Palazzo dei Priori. It stand right above the main Piazza facing the Piazza IV Novembre are a griffin, a 14th century bronze lion, chains and belonging all that emblems the victory of the kind over Sienese in 1358. It houses city’s finest museum, including Galleria Nazionaledell’Umbria (National Galley of Umbria). Visiting the first floor will give a view of a decorative main entrance leading to Corso, SaladeiNotari. Hence, visiting this palace will almost cover most of Perugia attractions name that you have collected from the Internet.
  • Fontana Maggiore: The main attraction of Perugia is Piazza IV Novembre. Right at the centre of this Piazza stands a medieval fountain, known as Fontana Maggiore. Build in 1277 and 1278 by Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano and made of pink and white stone stands as a symbol of celebration of Peruigia’s independence. Taking a walk around the fountain will show that it has 25 faces depicting saints, prophets, zodiac signs, seasons, events from Roman history and scenes from Genesis.
  • Cathedral San Lorenzo: A Gothic hall church that stands at the north side of Piazza IV Novembre is Cathedral San Lorenzo. In the year 1490, construction of the church began. But somehow the work was left unfinished. You can make it out from the unfinished facades of the church.
  • Underground Perugia: It’s an escalator build at the lower town leading to the 16th century old fortress, RoccaPaolina.
  • RoccaPaolina: It is a 16th century old fortress, build at the south end of CorsoVannuci. The church was built on the orders given by Pope Paul III symbolizing the power of Papal rule. However, part of the fortress was destroyed after the end of Papal’s rule.

Below we have a list of things to do in Perugia and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Perugia getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Perugia with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Perugia

Here is the list of things to do in Perugia and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Rocca Paolina

    4.6 (619 Votes)
    Rocca Paolina

    Outdoors, Castle, Historical Site, Entertainment

    This castle was built in 1373 and was considered to be a part of evidence of Cardinal Aegidius Albornoz’s power and control. Major parts of the castle were destroyed in an uprising but its large walls remain even today and are visible externally. The best way to reach it is to go to the Piazza Partigiani’s underground parking and take an escalator from there. It is worth visiting fo...Read more
  2. Minimetro

    Entertainment, Train Ride

    This special tram stretches over 3.2 kilometres and covers 7 stations. It was started in 2008 February and helped to control the city’s excess car traffic. It uses 25 vehicles in total, each of which can hold 25 passengers and travel at a speed of 25 kilometres per hour. This mode of transport can be of great use for tourists to get to many interesting places in the city and also offers a...Read more
  3. Lake Trasimeno

    4.3 (476 Votes)
    Lake Trasimeno

    Outdoors, Water Body, Entertainment, Lake

    This Lake has a surface area of 128 km. sq. and 2 small streams flow into the Lake with the water level in it fluctuating during rainy season and seasonal demands from nearby towns. This lake is shallow and muddy and one can view nature at its best here. It is rich in fishes and serves as a refuge for birds. As it is located in the city’s heart, it is a great base for visiting Tuscany and...Read more
  4. Galleria Nazionale Dell' Umbria

    Art Museum, Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    You will find some of the finest Italian collection of paintings which represent the Umbrian School of painting that were created between the 13th and 19th century. Each of the 23 galleries is worth visiting. The building where this gallery is housed is a historic building in itself. One can make use of many information boards in both English and Italian which contains descriptions about each p...Read more
  5. Corso Vannucci

    Outdoors, Landmark, Historical Site, Entertainment

    This is one of the main streets in the city which gets its name from a painter named Pietro Vannucci. It is home to some beautiful and historic attractions having great significance along with various boutiques, shops, libraries, theatres, bars and shops and is a great for evening walks. It also marks the entrance to the National Gallery of Umbria where the street intersects with via dei Priori...Read more
  6. Cathedral Of San Lorenzo

    4.6 (430 Votes)
    Cathedral Of San Lorenzo

    Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Cathedral

    This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Lorenzo and was completed in 1490. You will find incomplete pink and white marble lozenges on the outside while the main façade boasts of a trial section which faces the smaller Piazza Dante. Some remarkable Renaissance structures, Roman walls, Cosmatesque mosaics and ancient fragments all together forms the exteriors with the interiors being equally ...Read more
  7. Old Town

    Landmark, Neighborhoods

    It is a little town and is quite charming to roam around in. One will find some great architecture and historic buildings here along with some restaurants and shops. One can opt for a bus tour to get a better view of the same.
  8. Museo - Laboratorio Di Tessiture A Mano Giuditta

    Museum, Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    Being founded in 1921 by Giuditta Brozzetti, this museum and laboratory is one of the last workshops related to hand-weaving in Italy. This place is famous for the wonderful cloths that are weaved here and the artisans demonstrate their weaving on different looms. It is a family tradition of creating textiles which has been passed through 4 female generations.
  9. Tempio Di Sant' Angelo

    4.8 (388 Votes)
    Tempio Di Sant' Angelo

    Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site

    This is a paleo-Christian circular temple which dates to the 5th and 6th century and is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The place was made into a fort in 1479 but was restored in 1948 to reveal closed windows and ancient frescoes. You will find Corinthian capped columns here inside the church which is famous for the Romanesque style of architecture along with Byzantine influences in the pla...Read more
  10. National Archaeological Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Historical Site

    This museum was set up in San Domenico’s convent in 1948. A lot of archaeological digs gave way to the collection which began in the late 18th century. You can visit the various sections of this museum which reflect on different periods and also display objects and collectables found in those eras. You will find the famous ‘Cippus of Perugia’ here too. Visitors interested in k...Read more
  11. Exchange Guild

    Art Museum, Museum

    This 13th century place is the former home of the money changers in this region. The museum was built between 1452 and 1457 and some of the best preserved Renaissance frescoes and artistic masterpieces in Italy which have been painted by Perugino can be found here. Even though the entire place consists of 2 rooms only all the frescoes are worth viewing.
  12. Necropoli Del Palazzone

    Outdoors, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Neighborhoods

    The chamber tomb which was discovered in 1840 happens to be an excellent and renowned example of Etruscan tombs found in the Hellenistic period. This site surrounds the Hypogeum and contains many chamber tombs which were a part of archaic and Hellenistic. You will find architecturally rich tombs which contain a gabled lid with writings or gables and are decorated with motifs. Some tombs also ha...Read more
  13. House Museum Of Oddi Marini Clarelli

    Art Museum, Museum

    Marchioness Barabara Marini Clarelli was a local historian, restorer and painter who wanted to establish a foundation to combine her husband’s name with her own. Her husband was Francesco Santi who was an art historian. As per her vision, this museum bears some historical furnishings which are grand and beautiful.
  14. Museo-laboratorio Di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti

    Museum, Educational Site

    This place was built in 15th century and the studio was founded near 1860 by Francesco Moretti who was a painter and great glassworker. It is famous for the restoration of stained glass windows. This visit takes you back in history and allows you to take part in glass work activities. This workshop cum studio has great artistic and architectural value and visitors can opt for guided visits thro...Read more
  15. Casa Museo Di Palazzo Sorbello


    This place is a 17th century mansion which was restored to give way to a chandelier-lit and frescoed 18th century museum. One can opt for guided tours and view all the amazing collections of porcelain, manuscripts, embroidery and art which are housed here. Each piece is unique and quite valuable as they all are ancient in nature. Guests can also visit the library and take photographs from the b...Read more