Perugia Palazzo dei Priori

Palazzo dei Priori has been the centre of municipal power in Perugia for most of its life since building completed in 1297

Visiting the hillside city of Perugia starts with a grand unforgettable entrance through the foundations of the original castle up a giant escalator emerging in the central area of the city. With sweeping views over the Umbrian town, the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori stands in its crenellated glory. With most of its history as the seat of municipal power, it housed the impressively titled Keepers of Ecclesiastical Obedience for part of its medieval life.

In the centre of the main square is Fontana Maggiore which predates the palace and whose twenty-five sided basin includes astrological symbols and reliefs of monthly chores during the year.

Incidentally, the dull cathedral opposite holds Mary and Joseph’s wedding ring – a prized relic – but it is only displayed on special ceremonial occasions.

Perugia is packed with winding medieval streets and its two universities gives the city an infectious zest for life.



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