Palazzo dei Priori
Palazzo dei Priori
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is the grandest of all the buildings in Perugia’s main square, Piazza IV Novembre.
A giant bronze lion and Harry Potter-like griffin are mounted high on the front facade to guard the entrance and battlements running along the top make it look like a small castle. In reality, it was neither private palace nor fortress. This was a public building, constructed between 1293 and 1443 to house the Priori, the group of 10 men, chosen from each of the main guilds to govern the city.
They held office for 2 months and in a medieval version of WFH, they lived here in the palazzo for that time. Living quarters and council rooms were on the first floor, kitchen and dining halls sat above that and the main hall on the third floor.
The palazzo is open to the public. There are a few parts to it and you can visit the National Gallery of Perugia (€11), Collegio del Cambio (€6) as well as the Sala dei Notari (free).
We didn’t have time for the gallery but we still popped our heads in to see the originals of the lion and griffin which are preserved just inside the main entrance (you can do this for free).
The Sala dei Notari is also free and is only a quick visit. It’s the oldest part of the palazzo. Coats of arms of the various city offices and colourful paintings from Aesop’s fables and the Bible decorate the vaults and ceiling. There’s no sign to alert you to the entrance but look for the arched door at the top of the stairs, below the lion and griffin.
The fan-shaped stairs offer a nice spot to sit in the sun. We found a space here and joined others who were enjoyed sitting in the sun, overlooking the piazza.
Written 29 July 2023
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jrdh
594 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Lovely architecture, worth exploring. Significant medieval religious art work. Quite, with few people. Good window seats to rest as walk round.
Written 26 September 2022
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A beautiful palace in the Gothic style. Today, part of it serves as the town hall and in another part there is a museum.

I visited the Sala dei Notari, where a piano concert was taking place. Entry was free. This hall has a beautiful wooden ceiling with frescoes. These frescoes depict Aesop's fables, legends and biblical stories.
Written 30 July 2022
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G.B.
871 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This palace was the seat of power in Perugia. It is a very nice palace, but unfortunately there is no explanation, no guide and no staff. It could be exploited much better. Since you certainly pass by the center is worth an entrance (free)
Written 4 October 2021
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Exquisite Gothic building located in the heart of old Perugia. I did venture inside this building while visiting the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria which is housed inside. Several rooms still retain ancient frescoes and the clock tower room is quite interesting. Unless you have an interest in religious Renaissance Art, I’d simply enjoy the palazzo from the exterior.
Written 26 February 2020
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ERIC W
Knoxville, TN4,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
I actually thought the outside of the building was cooler than the inside. It’s free entry and worth checking out. Big front terrace worth checking out with some really cool old door
Written 26 September 2019
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Perugia Is a medieval city, the Major city of Umbria region, the "Priori Palace" contains a lot of Masterpieces.🇮🇹
Written 7 June 2019
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Juan Kandler
San Jose, Costa Rica10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
It houses the National Gallery of Umbria, but also the free to visit Sala dei Notari, A chamber with painted coats of arms and beautiful wood beams, part of Perugian history. It also houses the Collegio della Mercanzia (paid entrance), it is beautiful, but I wouldn’t call it a must see, it is one room covered in beautiful wood paneling. Nothing more.
Written 31 May 2019
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Houlihan2
Melbourne, Australia815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The decorated vaulted ceiling and walls of this lawyers' meeting hall dating back to the late 1290's are simply breath-taking. This is one of the oldest parts of the palazzo. There are 80 mighty painted arches! It used to be used as the peoples' assembly. After 1582, it became the seat of the Notaries' Guild. While only a few original frescoes remain, it was repainted by Matteo Tassi in 1885.
Written 13 May 2019
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ambazen
London, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Beautiful building, one can so easily imagine how it might have been in medieval times and lots of things to see, museums and artworks in a small area.
Written 22 April 2019
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