Palazzo dei Priori
The imposing Prior's Palace, also known as the Town Hall, the building is an outstanding example of medieval architrcture and is considered to be amongst the most elegant and famous in Italy.
Begun by Giacomo di Servadio and Giovannello di Benvenuto in 1293, it was completed in 1443, when further additions in the form of houses and pre-existing towers, were all combined under one huge roof.
The splendid facing, built of travertine and limestone from Assisi, together with white and red marble of Bettona, is an extremely impressive sight.
Summer Solstice in Perugia
The art projected on the wall of the huge Town Hall provided the backdrop. Classical or pop music was tastefully shared. People were 20 deep and still all could see because of the actors all being on stilts. And for effect, there were packs of fireworks on their backs!
"And When it Was Over..."
The most amazing thing of all was the fact that, when they exited we were suddenly in the front row to enjoy what we'd missed by being the ristorante! It felt like a gift from God.
We were scheduled to sing a concert at the University and then have a free evening. We were unaware of the town's celebration of Summer Solstice until we came out of the grotto which contained our restaurant.
Thousands of people in the Square watching the neatest pageant I've ever seen.