Perugia , the provincial capital of Umbria, is located 40 miles from Todi. It's an elegant city that will surprise you with its perfect mix of old and new.
The standard tour (2 hours / 2 hours and 1/2) starts by reaching the city center with the convenient escalators, built in 1983. These are contained within the wonderful setting of the ancient Rocca Paolina, a sixteenth-century papal fortress, commissioned by Paul III Farnese.
Once you reach the centre, pause for a moment on the panoramic terrace of Piazza Italia, from which you can admire the medieval quarter of St. Peter and, on clear days, the spiritual town of Assisi, which lies at the foot of Mount Subasio .
Walking along the broad Corso Vannucci, full of ancient palaces and elegant stores, you arrive in Piazza IV Novembre, on which stand three imposing medieval jewels: Palazzo dei Priori, erected between the end of 1200 and the first half of 1400 , the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, an unfinished Gothic church, and the magnificent Fontana Maggiore, completed in 1278 and decorated by two of the most famous sculptors of the time; Giovanni and Nicola Pisano. The bas-relief are like an open book which tells us the rich cultural nd historical story of the thirteenth century Perugia.
A few steps from the main square is the ancient Piazza del Sopramuro boasting the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the Old University and the Market Hall.
With a little more time available, you can extend the tour to other important monuments and characteristic areas of the city:
Collegio del Cambio, with the cycle of frescoes by Perugino (entrance fee)
Collegio della Mercanzia (entrance fee)
Church of San Severo, with the fresco of young Raffaello (entrance fee)
Etruscan Well (entrance fee)
National Gallery of Umbria, with masterpieces by Perugino, Pinturicchio, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Benozzo Gozzoli and much more (entrance fee)
National Archeological Museum (entrance fee)
Historic Museum of Perugina Chocolate Factory (entrance fee)
Walk through the medieval quarters of Perugia ( S. Pietro, S. Angelo, S. Francesco)