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Perugia: Old Town Walking Tour, Piazza IV Novembre

1. Perugia: Old Town Walking Tour, Piazza IV Novembre

Learn the history of Perugia Old Town on a walking tour for small groups. A local guide will show you through the events that took place in Perugia and that have shaped the city, from the Etruscans to the Romans, until the Papal dominations and the Middle Ages.  Dive into the historic square, Piazza IV Novembre, and admire the masterpiece of engineering and Gothic sculpture that is the Fontana Maggiore. Lose yourself in the splendid landscapes that the city offers and capture photos of the rolling hills and snowy peaks from Mount Subasio to Assisi.  Cross the main street while your guide unveils curiosities and anecdotes about the city, its characters, and some architectural elements that may go unnoticed. See the Etruscan Arch, built in the 3rd Century BC. Then go underground in the Rocca Paolina, a symbol of the power of the Pope in Perugia. Walk around the old fortress and see the exhibitions on display there.

Perugia: 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

2. Perugia: 2.5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

On this 2.5-hour private tour you'll walk through the picturesque city of Perugia with a dedicated guide, experiencing steep medieval streets, breathtaking views and many delicious specialties that will be waiting for you. During the tour you'll explore Piazza IV Novembre, the real heart of the city, where you will be amazed by the famous Fontana Maggiore. As you'll see, this square is cloaked by the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, where the National Gallery of Umbria has been located since 1878. From Piazza IV Novembre starts Corso Vannucci, the center of Perugian social life, with its shops and coffee places. Stroll along Corso Vannucci until you reach Rocca Paolina, a real fortress that was built by Pope Paolo III after the sack of Rome. Make the most of this historically rich, educational and interesting tour to discover an authentic typical Italian medieval city in the beautiful region of Umbria.

Perugia: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

3. Perugia: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

The historic journey begins in Piazza IV Novembre, in the city center, where you will pass the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. The tour then continues through various medieval streets to the Renaissance fortress of Rocca Paolina, which displayed the power of Pope Paul III. Since then, the ancient Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval heritage has been destroyed or preserved in underground galleries that are accessible to the public. Continue to the Maggiore fountain, which was built in 1278. Read the Latin inscriptions of the fountain and learn the history of the craftsmen and their role in creating this monumental medieval fountain. The fountain displays multiple iconographies, such as 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues. Next, stop in the Palazzo dei Priori, which was the seat of the city government in the Middle Ages and is now the municipal seat of Perugia. Explore the Gothic building and pass the griffin and lion at its entrance.

Perugia: Chocolate Museum, Wine, and Tours Package w/ Hotel

4. Perugia: Chocolate Museum, Wine, and Tours Package w/ Hotel

This tour package includes a 3-night stay with 3 breakfasts in a hotel and access to an underground site to see the area’s history in a group tour. Use an entry ticket to satisfy your sweet tooth on a shared tour of the Perugina Chocolate House and relish in a shared winery tour and wine tasting. Start your trip by meeting your guide at Sina Brufani to get settled into your room. This hotel offers unbeatable views and is centrally located in Perugia, so you'll have easy access to the city. Make sure to also take advantage of the hotel's spa, featuring a swimming pool set in medieval rooms. During your stay, choose to walk around the city, spotting sites such as Fontana Maggiore in Piazza IV Novembre, the Perugia Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Rocca Paolina with its underground passages that have preserved parts of the historic center, creating a city within the city. After exploring the city center on foot, experience a guided group tour of Perugia Sotterranea. Descend from the entrance located in the cloister of the Canonica and view the remains of the Etruscan walls, constructed to make the acropolis of Perugia seem even grander. Next, experience the Casa del Cioccolato Perugina. Walk among the treasures of one of the sweetest industries in the country. See unique advertising and packaging from the company archives and savor the pride of Italian chocolate. Finally, visit a local winery, where you will taste local specialty wines.

From Rome: Chocolate Factory, Perugia, and Spoleto Tour

5. From Rome: Chocolate Factory, Perugia, and Spoleto Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Rome and travel to the  Perugina chocolate factory. Visit the museum and learn about origin of cacao, its production, and various chocolate recipes. Discover the secrets of Perugina's most famous products, such as the Baci and much more. The museum also includes videos and stories about the history of this important Italian company. At the end of the museum tour, taste some of the delicious chocolate products produced in the factory. Depending on the production schedule, you may be able to enter the factory and watch the production lines from the catwalk.  Next, make your way to the town of Perugia, which is home to a vast amount of artistic and cultural treasures, such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the beautiful Town Hall, and the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore. Explore the beautiful capital of Umbrian heritage with your guide.  Finally, visit the town of Spoleto, where culture and nature live together in harmony. Learn about some famous visitors such as Michelangelo and Stendhal who sang the praises of this beautiful town. During your visit, you will have the chance to admire ancient monuments like the Roman theater, or the medieval Cathedral of St Maria Assunta.

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What people are saying about The Fontana Maggiore

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Ellen’s tour of the old city was full of history and beautiful Midieval architechture. I felt like I was actually walking into history and learned so many fascinating things. I especially enjoyed seeing the underground streets that were later covered over with another city on top. An excellent introduction to Perugia, a gem of a lovely little city.

Very nice and prepared guide. He also showed us areas of Perugia that are very beautiful and out of the ordinary tourist tours

Very knowledgeable guide, only 4 in group. A perfect introduction to understanding the history and places of interest.

Excellent guide. Why do they never ask where we are or where we are staying?

We had a great time with our tour guide!! Highly recommended.