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    Rocca Paolina

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    The grandiose fortress built by the will of Paolo III Farnese in record time between 1540 and 1543, occupied the area of the heavily populated medieval quarter where the houses of the Bglioni family stood.
    It was erected under the guidanceof the archirect Antonio da Sangallo il Gionave, through a system of spurs and casemats for its five levels with an additional smaller fortress downhill, called the Tenaglia.
    The massive structure continued to be a symbol of dominance over the people of Perugia for more than three hundred years.
    Immediately following the formation of the Kingdom of Italy the Perugians destroyed it to celebrate their liberation from the much hated Papal regime.
    All that is left of the building is the retaining walls of one of the spurs, where in area a number of large roomsnow used for various purposes.

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    Chiesa di S. Pietro

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    In front of the building is an elegant porticoed courtyard, which one enters by means of a 17th century loggia. The building is dominated by a beautiful bell tower, which has an elevated spire and is exquisitely decorated by mullioned windows with two lights situated above a series of large jutting corbels, which resemble a cornice. The bell tower was designed by Rossellino and completed by Giovanni di Betto and Puccio di Paolo in the 15th century.
    The interior of the basilica is divided into a nave and two aisles by 18 Roman columns from the original church. The church, built in the 10th century on the site of the ancient cathedral, has a lacunar ceiling over the nave by Benedetto di Montepulciano. There are ten large canvases by Aliense, depicting Scenes from the Old and new Testament decorating the nave.
    In the sacristy are works by Perugino, Caravaggio, and Algardi. The Chapel of the Sacrament contains paintings by Vasari and "Pieta" by Perugino.

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    Basilica di S.Domenico

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    The imposing Gothic construction from 14th century was rebuilt by Carlo Maderno in the first half of the 17th century. On either side of the bare facade are buttreses which continue around to the sides of the church. An elegant late 16th century portal and a double flight of steps decorate the facade.
    The enormous stark interior of the church contains side chapels. The fourth chapel on the right is a part of the original building and contains an altar frontal by Antonio di Antonio di Duccio.The transept chapels contain many votive frescoes. Works of art include an 18th century organ, the Tomb of Elisabetta Cantucci - carved by Algardi, the Tomb of Danti family, the splendid tomb of Pope Benedict XI, the work of pupil of Arnolfo di Cambio.
    The apse is lit by a large window, 23 meters in hight, beautifully decorated by Fra' Bartolomeo di Pietro and Mariotto di Nardo.

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    Museo Archeologico

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Next to the Basilica of St. Domenic stands the Cloister, in two orders of loggias, it is practicaly annexed to the basilica.
    In the background stands the mighty campanile of the Basilica of St. Domenic.
    Nowadays the cloister houses Archeological Museum of Umbria and it is absolutely a must see when visiting Perugia.

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    Porta di San Pietro

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    The outside of Porta di San Pietro (the Gate of St. Peter) was designed by Agostino di Duccio of Florence in 1475 to 1480.
    It is one of the most symbolical monument of the Renaissance period in Perugia and was inspired by L.B. Albertis examples such as the Malatesta Temple in Rimini.
    The upper part was never completed with a battlement.

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    Porta Trasimena

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Between the 6th and the 3rd centuries BC, Perugia was fortified by massive town walls in travertine blocks that followed the hilly ground around the city and are still largely visible today, particularly to the west and north.
    Seven gates, of which six still exist although they were partly modified by the Romans and in the Middle Ages, allowed access into town.
    The Porta Trasimena, also called Arco di San Luca, at the end of Via dei Priori retains only the Etruscan piers.

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    Chiesa di San Francesco

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Adjacent to the Oratory of San Bernardino is the suggestive Church of St. Francis.
    Erected in the half of the 13th century by the Friars Minor, it has one nave with transept and polygonal apse. It was often restored, as it was in the occasion of my visit to Perugia, to prevent collapses owing to the crumbly soil.
    In 1926 the original facade was brought back to its original conditions.
    The church, besides housing the tombs of Braccio Fortebraccio and of the jurist Bartolo di Sasso ferrato, comprised many work of art, later transferred elswhere.

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    Oratorio di San Bernardino

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    The building of Oratory of S.Bernardino is the masterly work of the Florentine Agostino di Antonio di Duccio and clearly shows the maturity gained by the artist as a result of working alongside Leon Battista Alberti (known by the work of Malatesta Temple in Rimini).
    The date of completion (1461)can be seen in the inscription situated on the frieze below the tympanum dominating the facade.
    A wonderful cycle of sculptures, depicting Saints and Celestial Hierarchies, and the Glory of S.Bernardino are important examples of the Perugia Renaissance style.
    The 15th century interior, in the Gothic style, contains the tomb of Beato Egidio, a Roman sarcophagus from 4C A.D.

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  • Music Fest Perugia

    by Freddie100 Updated Apr 18, 2011

    I was in Perugia in 2010 when Music Fest Perugia was on, we went to two concerts, one in the amazing Sala dei Notari in the main square, and one in the Basilica di San Pietro, about a 5 minute walk out of town. Both concerts were of an amazing standard and the locations were beautiful. I'd really recommend it to anyone in Perugia next August.

    The location of one of the concerts The concert was in the building straight ahead
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    Culture in Perugia, the National Gallery

    by deebum25 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I liked the National Gallery but I wasn't unduly impressed with it. The architecture of the building is beautiful and it houses many different paintings of all different styles. If you are an art major you would probably be thrilled. We did purchase an Artecard but unfortunately did not make it to any of the other six specified historical sites in Perugia

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    Learn something new!

    by ciaobella55 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    At the Foreigners' University, I guarantee you'll have a ball, and you'll learn something too. Courses are from 1 month to a year, but even after a month you'll be speaking.
    Classes are held at a beautiful old Palazzo right in the heart of town, and they organise accommodation too if you want.
    They also organise various excursions to local places of interest.
    Much better than trying to learn Italian in your own country where you don't have the opportunity to practise, and so you forget what you learned last week.
    Plus you'll meet people from all over the world and of all ages 16-65.
    Perfect for singles.

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    Umbria Jazz Festival

    by karenincalifornia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We visited Perugia on the opening day of the Umbria Jazz Festival 2004. The city had such an air of energy and excitement. Performances began at around 2:00 pm. If we had stayed through the evening, we would have seen BB King. Other Jazz artists performing in 2004 were George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic, Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, The Manhattan Transfer, The Count Basie Orchestra, Alicia Keyes, Burt Bacharach, The Standford University Jazz Band and many others.

    The dates of the 2005 Jazz Festival are 08 July 2005 to 17 July 2005. Arrive early in the day in Perugia to avoid parking problems.

    Umbrian Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy
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    Foreigner's University (Università per Stranieri)

    by karenincalifornia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Foreigner's University is housed in the 18th century Pallazo Gallanga Stuart. This University was founded at the beginning of 1900 for the purpose of sending Italian culture abroad.

    Today, the University remains devoted to the study of Italian language, art, history, and culture. It is the top language school for foreigners in the country, and courses run 1 to 6 months.

    Wouldn't a six month sabbatical studying Italian in Perugia be a blast?

    Palazzo Gallenga Stuart, Perugia, IT
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    Fontana Maggiore

    by cjg1 Updated Jun 15, 2009

    The Fontana Maggiore is the medieval fountain designed by Fra Bevignate and sculpted by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. It sits right outside of the Cathedral of St. Lorezo. Just like the cathedral the fountain was experiencing some renovations during our visit. we were able to see the fountain but there was no water flowing and we couldn't get closer than three feet due to barricades.

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    Cathedral of St. Lorenzo

    by cjg1 Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    When we visited the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo a big renovation project was in the works for the exterior of the Cathedral. The outside of the church was quite beautiful yet looked like it needed a facelift. The interior of the church was dark but had some nice frescos and religious artwork. The Cathedral housed the Madonna delle Grazie which is a big draw to the cathedral.

    We only spent a half hour exploring since the Cathedral was closing for the evening.

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