Perugia is one of the most beautiful art-cities of Italy, exremely rich in works of art, in culture and in fabulous architecture, streching over four long historical epochs: from the Etruscan to the Roman and from the Medieval to the Renaissance.
In a complicated system of small streets, narrow alleys and stone steps, which are frequently steep, past and present come together in a perfect harmony. For instance in the interior of the beautiful Rocca Paolina, which in the past was a papal residence, a modern escalator has been built which takes you to the centre at the top of the city. Similarly the very recent mini-metro allows the visitor to enjoy an astonishing view on the antique city. The historic centre with its palaces, fountains and monuments is a truly medieval pearl where time seems to have stopped.
From the main street, Corso Vannucci, one arrives at the unique Palazzo dei Priori, a gothic building, among the most imposing and lordly of Italy, in which there is the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria with works of art of il Perugino, il Pinturicchio, Piero della Francesca and many others, including Meo da Siena who painted the frescoes in the chapel of Monticelli.
Continuing to Piazza IV Novembre one arrives at the fascinating Fontana Maggiore from the 13th century where one can see the bas-reliefs of Giovanni e Nicola Pisano. Perugia is a city which one can discover only slowly by savouring its beaty and its cultural liveliness. One of the most important cultural events of Perugia is “Umbria Jazz”, which usually takes place in July. In the weeks of Umbria Jazz the historical centre is full of people of all ages coming from all over the world.