What to see in Perugia in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Perugia is the splendid capital of Umbria, a medieval city built over the years on an original Etruscan structure. If you are thinking of visit Perugia, but you only have one day left, we recommend that you focus on Old Town, which includes all the most important attractions and monuments of the city.

Is composed by a tangle of narrow streets and alleys from where to see breathtaking views and where to find taverns and restaurants offering typical food to be enjoyed. Below you will find one of the possible ones itineraries to follow to visit Perugia in a single day.


  1. One day itinerary in Perugia: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Perugia: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Perugia: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Perugia: Morning

1 - Corso Vannucci and Piazza IV Novembre

Reached the center with the recommended means, we start from Italy Square. From here, along Corso Vannucci, you will reach Piazza IV Novembre. along the course, you can stop for breakfast at Sandri since 1860, at number 32, for an average cost of € 10,00. In Piazza IV Novembre there is the Fontana Maggiore. Built at the end of the th century by Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni, it consists of two pink and white stone basins on the top of which there is a bronze basin with three nymphs supporting an amphora. On the north side of the square stands one of the entrances to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, dating back to 1300, dedicated to one of the patrons of the city. On the opposite side of the square you will find an elegant building, it is the Palazzo dei Priori. Built between 1293 and 1443 (particularly favorable period of the city), it is seat of the National Gallery of Umbria.

2 - Palazzo Manzoni, Morlacchi Theater and Medieval Aqueduct

From the square go towards Via Maestà delle Volte, one of the most suggestive alleys of the city, which will take you to Piazza Cavallotti near which it stands Palazzo Manzoni, where the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Perugia. You will also see the Morlacchi theater, dating back to 1700, still very active today as it often hosts shows, concerts and cultural events. Near the square look for a side street near which the Arch of Via Appia appears, which provides access to a steep staircase, whose appearance will undoubtedly attract your attention: it is the medieval aqueduct of the city, built in the 1835th century to supply water to the Fontana Maggiore. Disused since , it is today a characteristic pedestrian crossing which crosses a very characteristic area of ​​the city, with a respective panoramic view.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 600 m / 9 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Italia, Corso Vannucci, Piazza IV Novembre, Fontana Maggiore, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo Manzoni, Morlacchi Theater, medieval aqueduct (free)
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: Private guided walking tour
  • Where to have breakfast: Sandri since 1860, corso Vannucci 32

One day itinerary in Perugia: Afternoon

1 - Arch of Augustus

With a few minutes' walk from the aqueduct you will reach Piazza Fortebraccio e Gallenga Stuart Palace, from the th century, which houses theUniversity for Foreigners. On this square there is also theArch of Augustus, dating back to the third century BC, also called Arco Etrusco. Although renovated in Roman times, it represented one of the city gates in the Etruscan era. At this point it will be time for lunch, which we advise you to consume at the Dal Mi Cocco restaurant, in Corso Garibaldi 12, for an average cost of € 20,00.

2 - Etruscan well, Church of San Severo, panoramic points

Going up towards the historic center you will reach Piazza Danti where, in underground of Palazzo Bourbon-Sorbello, was found on Pozzo Etrusco, dating back to the third century BC, built to ensure the city the water supply even under siege. Continuing from Piazza Danti towards via Raffaello, you will reach a small square where the Church of San Severo, which houses a cycle of frescoes by Raphael, made in the early sixteenth century. Continuing towards Piazza Matteotti, behind the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo is the Covered market in the city. What you will notice is the spectacular panorama that you can enjoy from the balcony! The panoramic points of Perugia are many, you will find another at the Carducci Gardens, where it will also be possible to see the bell towers of the church of San Domenico and those of the Church of San Pietro, as well as the profile of the Church of Santa Giuliana.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Palazzo Gallenga Stuart, Arch of Augustus (free), Etruscan Well, Chapel of San Severo (combined ticket € 3,00)
  • Where to have lunch: From Mi Cocco, Corso Garibaldi 12

One day itinerary in Perugia: Evening

1 - Rocca Paolina and dinner

Having reached the historic center with the Minimetro, you have not yet been able to cross the Rocca Paolina. These are the remains of the most grandiose fortifications of the Middle Ages, in Italy. It is possible to take the escalators from Piazza Italia and enter the fortified building, built by Pope Paul III Farnese and not very popular with the citizens, because it reminded the papal dominion over Perugia. Just 3 minutes on foot, in Piazza Matteotti 39, is the Locanda del Bartoccio, where you can end your day in Perugia with a dinner that will cost you, on average, € 22,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 800 m / 11 min
  • Places visited: Rocca Paolina (free)
  • Where to dine: the Locanda del Bartoccio, Piazza Matteotti 39

Before leaving: useful tips

  • ZTL: access to the historic center by car is limited by several ZTLs, so we recommend that you use the train and the Minimetrò.
  • Clothing: wear very comfortable shoes, in Perugia you walk a lot and many of the ways to go are uphill.
  • If you decide to extend your visit in Perugia, take a look at our accommodation offers.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

If you only have 24 hours of time at your disposal, the only attraction we do not recommend is the National Gallery of Umbria. It is in fact a very extensive museum, with important works, which it needs at least half a day to be visited carefully.

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