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  • Stephen K
    Wagga Wagga, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The experience was more than we had expected as so many items all have a cost. Imagine the surprise when we find no one asking for entry fees or such. The video room with 3 projectors running an unbelievable run through history of Perugia was fantastic to see. The enormity of the town which has been built over excelled. If you have to do one thing in Perugia then travel back in time and have a look in here. Make it a must on the list.
    Written 18 September 2023
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  • DCmom2
    Washington DC25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to the winery for a tasting experience and it was amazing. We were on holiday with our children - 21 and 19 - exploring Umbria and Tuscany.
    We arrived and had a tour of the winery which was really interesting. The surrounding countryside is stunning and as it was a sunny day in early April, we asked to sit outside. Federica was extremely knowledgeable about the wine and we all enjoyed the delicious glasses in the sunshine.
    We all chose from a fantastic menu of local produce and started our lunch with gorgeous homemade breads and dips with the amazing white wines followed by a delicious starter with the rose wines. We loved the fresh pasta dish either tortellini or tagliatelle which were gorgeous paired with some fabulous reds.
    The sun went the clouds so we asked to move inside for dessert which was no trouble. We chose different desserts which we shared and would have licked the plates clean.
    We truly enjoyed our visit to Vineria del Carmine - the wines, the food, the friendly and knowledgeable staff and the scenery made it really memorable for us all. Highly recommend.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the historic centre of Perugia and the best starting place to explore the city. Even if you are on a very tight itinerary, you will want to spend some time here.
    The main sights in the piazza are:
    i) Palazzo Dei Priori - a 14th century fortress-like palazzo with a giant bronze griffin and lion guarding its doors. It houses the National Gallery and although we didn’t have time to do this, it was free to go into the lobby where we could see replicas of the griffin and lion up close.
    ii) Sala Dei Notari (free) - part of the Palazzo dei Priori, with elaborate frescoes featuring coats of arms of wealthy and powerful Perugian families. Disappointingly, we missed out on this. It wasn’t obvious and we didn’t realise it was there until too late.
    iii) Duomo / Cathedral - an unusual cathedral, with a strange facade. The pink and white marble tiling is unfinished and the front entrance faces away from the piazza. From the Piazza IV Novembre, you only see the side. Inside, a curious highlight is the “Santo Anello” (the wedding ring of the Virgin Mary). Free entry.
    iv) Fontana Maggiore - a magnificently ornate marble fountain built in 1278 which takes centre stage in the piazza.
    v) Loggia - A minor sight, this is the arched verandah-like attachment along the side of the cathedral. Look for the ‘Stone of Justice’, an inscription which records the cancellation of the public debt in 1234. Free entry.
    NOTE: Activities are sometimes held in the square. When we were there, an outdoor promotional basketball competition was being held. The temporary courts and trucks detracted from the ancient feel of the piazza but it was fun to watch the night-time games.
    Written 18 July 2023
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  • Geraldine M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    E-biking around the lake was a highlight. It’s about 26 miles but there are some towns along the way for Lunch, cocktails and swimming in one place. Overall, we noticed there is very little swimming in the lake. The water is quite green in areas so perhaps swimming is not the best. As a result, we chose the notes pool instead.
    Written 1 August 2023
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  • Carin
    South Holland Province, The Netherlands18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Basilica in the middle of beautiful Perugia is really worth a visit. Not overly big but with amazing detail in its decor and paintworks and you can just walk in, no admittance fee to pay.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria21,011 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gallery is quite large and is located in a remarkable building. Mostly local medieval art is on display, with some post-medieval stuff too
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria21,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The city is very interesting, with narrow streets and many churches. The architecture is remarkable, especially the central square. I did not expect...
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This extravagant marble and bronze fountain is the centrepiece of Perugia’s main square, Piazza IV Novembre. This is the best starting place to explore Perugia and even those on a tight itinerary, will spend some time here.
    From a distance, the fountain looks a little like a wedding cake with two ornate tiers sitting on top of a polygonal stair base. Up close, it is full of highly detailed decoration.
    Built between 1278 and 1280, the fountain was designed to celebrate the completion of a new aqueduct. It’s certainly celebrational - there are 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues.
    A lot of the detail would have been lost on me but for our guide book. A protective metal fence prevents you from getting too close but, using our guide book, we were still able to pick out different scenes and symbols.
    There are three separate parts:
    i) Lower Basin - has 25 scenes. Some show the months of the year and zodiac signs, others show Biblical stories and stories from Roman mythology. We spotted Romulus and Remus suckling the wolf, Adam and Eve being thrown out of Paradise and David and Goliath. We also found several of the months - November had people ploughing and in December they were killing a pig for winter supplies.
    ii) Upper Basin - has 24 statues of saints and Biblical and historical figures. These were harder to identify but King David seemed to be holding a harp whilst somewhat more gruesomely, Salome was holding the head of St John the Baptist.
    iii) Top Level - has 2 copper basins and a bronze cup, topped by a group of 3 bronze nymphs (Faith, Hope, Charity). 
    The fountain looked particularly pretty at night when it was illuminated.
    Written 18 July 2023
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  • Kai C
    Half Moon Bay, CA1,270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful early renaissance cathedral. The times were violent yet they made beautiful architecture, suffused with spirit. You can feel it if you take the time.
    Written 16 December 2023
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  • Paradise523151
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful small space filled with masterpieces - worth the stop. In a very central location close to the other main historical sites.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • bbinder
    Paciano, Italy181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had heard that there was a weaving business in Perugia that created weavings as they were done hundreds of years ago. It sounded interesting and so we scheduled a tour for my birthday. Marta, the owner and head weaver, gave us a fascinating and comprehensive tour. Her enthusiasm for her work rubbed off on us as she showed us her ancient looms (including some Jacquards) and the work they produced. We were able to see every step of the process, beginning with a drawing and ending up with beautiful hand-woven fabrics. Among her creations she and her two long time apprentices recreate patterns that you can see in Renaissance paintings. Located in a stunning de-consecrated church this weaver's studio is one of the best things to see Umbria. And of course there's always the chance to buy one of their creations.
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Corso Vanucci is the main stret in Perugia and frfom it there are many side streets that mostly head down hill and all re worth exploring. The street has some interesting historical buildings including the cathedral and fountain.
    Written 9 September 2022
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