The old part, the most known one, which is placed at a height of 450 meters is surrounded by two boundary walls: The boundary wall Etruscan, the interior, and the outer medieval boundary wall. During the walled way you will encounter several doors: Door of the Sun, Sant’Angelo’s Door,….
The historic center, in fact, is a real XIV century village one of the most beautiful in Italy with its monuments dating back to the oldest city and the medieval style.
The historical neighborhood are: Sun Door, Saint Angelo’s Door, S. Susanna Gate, Eburnea Door and Saint Peter’s Door, which for centuries corresponded the respective segments of the rural territory. Each neighborhood is centered on a main street or course on which the lanes of the alleys converge; it is characterized by the presence of convents, steeples, basilicas, churches, oratories, chapels, noble palaces, smaller palaces and the townhouses of the alleys.
Entering from Saint Peter’s Door, you will meet the Gothic Basilica of San Domenico, where inside are preserved statues and valuable works of local artists; The wooden choir is particularly important. The cloister and convent of San Domenico are home of the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria.
Not to be missed is Piazza Matteotti which overlooks the XV century palace of the Old University and the Palace of the Captain of the People. Finally of particular beauty is the Piazza IV November, the monumental and social center of the city.
This complex includes the cathedral of Saint Lorenzo, the main religious monument, and Priori’s Palace, a symbol of civil power, in the center there is the Fontana Maggiore of the XIII century, fed by the waters of the aqueduct coming from Monte Pacciano.
Priori’s Palace is among the other house of the National Gallery of Umbria, inside which are preserved valuable works of artists linked to the Umbrian territory, among the masterpieces, remember: the altarpiece of St. Anthony of Pierodella Francesca and the altarpiece of San Domenico of Beato Angelico. Perugia also offers internationally renowned events and manifestations, including Eurochocolate in autumn and Umbria Jazz which takes place every year in mid-July.
The festival lasts about 10 days and transforms the entire historic centre into a true citadel of music. In every hour of the day and until late at night it creates a magical and electrifying atmosphere where the music is mastered with small clubs, theatres, streets and squares.