Perugia is brimming with history from its Etruscan settlers, medieval builders, Papal battles, and Renaissance artists. Explore the centuries of culture in Perugia through its museums to discover some of the city’s secrets and better appreciate Perugia’s past.
Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
Corso Vanucci, 19 Palazzo dei Priori
If you can make it up the colossal staircase, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible collection of art from the 13th to the 19th century, including Medieval altarpieces, Renaissance art, and work by Perugia’s own Perugino (Raphael’s teacher and contributor to the Sistine Chapel). From up above Corso Vanucci, there are some great views of Perugia, too.
Open 8:30AM-7:30PM Tuesday-Sunday
Palazzo della Penna Centro di Cultura Contemporanea
Via Podiani, 11
Museum focused on contemporary culture. Their latest exhibit features pictures and objects from Perugia’s citizens; showing the personal histories of families and the city’s most recent history (Spring 2014–they’re putting this exhibit online, too, though!). It is an old noble’s palace on a side street off Corso Cavour near the Scalette di Sant’Ercolano.
Cappella di San Severo
Piazza Raffaello, in Porta Sole
The San Severo Chapel holds Raphael Trinity fresco from 1505 that was completed by Perugino in 1521. It is next to the San Severo Church in Porta Sole. The chapel adjacent to the Chiesa di San Severo above Piazza Piccinino.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:00AM-1:30PM and 2:30PM-5:00PM
Access from: Via Marzia, Piazza Italia, Via Masi e Viale Indipendenza
This building is a fortress built above the Medieval Baglioni family’s palace.
November to March, open 11:00AM-1:30PM/2:30PM-5:00PM Tuesday-Sunday
May, June, July, September, and October, open 10:00AM-1:30PM/2:30PM-6:00PM Tuesday-Sunday.
April and August, open 10:00AM-1:30PM/2:30PM-6:00PM everyday.
Museo Capitolare della Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo
Piazza IV Novembre
This hidden treasure is literally right next to Umbra. It’s 25 rooms climb up above the courtyard and down below the cathedral that it used to be a part of. The architecture in itself is interesting, then there are also medieval crucifixes, books, altarpieces, and marble works, and paintings from the Renaissance paintings (even one Perugino), to the 20th century.
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-2:00PM & Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM-3:30PM
Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell’Umbria
Piazza Giordano Bruno, 10
Just past the San Domenico Church down Corso Cavour, a large courtyard ringed by Etruscan sarcophogi welcome you to the Museo Archeologico. Upstairs the small museum’s rooms exhibit what they found inside the ancient tombs: stone amulets, gold jewelry, personal trinkets and more. There is only some information in English.
Open 8:30AM-7:30PM Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00AM on Mondays
Museo delle Porte e delle Mura Urbiche
This is the little museum located inside the Porta Sant’Angelo at the end of Corso Garibaldi. The museum display explains the development of the Perugia’s three rings of city walls, constructed variously during the Etruscan, medieval and renaissance epochs. The summit has arguably the best 360-degree view of the city.
Open 11:00AM-1:00PM/3:00PM-5:00PM Tuesday-Sunday
The Etruscan Well
Piazza Piccinino, entrance through the alley on Piazza Dante leading to Shamrock.
The 36m deep well was the city’s water source from Etruscan times into the Middle Ages. Perugians used the 2,300-year-old well again after the Allies bombed the water lines to the city at the end of the Second World War.
10:00AM-1:30PM and 2:30PM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Sunday.