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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos and experience the enchanting allure of Perugia, as Italy in Photos unlocks one of the gems of Italy: – Perugia is a fascinating city in the heart of Umbria, the green region of Italy. It is the capital of the province of Perugia, which covers two-thirds of the region and has a population of about 660,000 people. Perugia is located on a hilltop, about 164 km north of Rome and 148 km southeast of Florence and is crossed by the River Tiber. It has a long and rich history, dating back to the Etruscan period, and boasts a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage. Perugia was founded by the Umbrians, but became one of the 12 confederate cities of Etruria, the ancient civilization that dominated central Italy before the Romans. Perugia was involved in several wars and conflicts with Rome, until it was finally conquered by Augustus in 40 BC. During the Middle Ages, Perugia was a powerful and independent city-state, often at war with its neighbours and the papacy. Perugia was also a centre of learning and culture, with the University of Perugia founded in 1308, one of the oldest in Italy. It is a vibrant and modern city, with a lively cultural scene and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the most important jazz events in Europe, the International Journalism Festival, a meeting point for media professionals and enthusiasts, and the Eurochocolate Festival, a celebration of chocolate and its production. Perugia is also famous for its chocolate industry, especially the Baci Perugina, a praline filled with hazelnut cream and topped with a whole hazelnut. Perugia offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors, from historical sights to natural beauty. The city’s historic centre is enclosed by ancient walls and features many monuments and buildings of different styles and periods, such as the Etruscan Arch, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Fontana Maggiore, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and the Basilica of San Pietro. Perugia is also home to several museums and galleries, such as the National Gallery of Umbria, which displays a collection of paintings and sculptures from the 13th to the 19th century, the Archaeological Museum, which exhibits artifacts from the prehistoric to the Roman times, and the Perugina Chocolate Museum, which tells the history and secrets of chocolate making. Perugia is surrounded by a beautiful countryside, with hills, valleys, and forests, and is close to the Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake of Central Italy, where visitors can enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, and birdwatching. erugia is a gem of Umbria, a city that combines ancient and modern, art and nature, tradition and innovation. It is a place where visitors can discover the charm and the flavour of Italy and experience the hospitality and the warmth of its people. Perugia is a city that will surprise and delight you.

The Perugia railway station, also known as Perugia Fontivegge railway station, is situated at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the heavily populated district of Fontivegge. It was opened in 1866 and forms part of the Foligno–Terontola railway, which connects Florence with Rome. The passenger building is a large structure with three levels, accessible to travellers through a main entrance below three large arches. Inside, you’ll find a spacious ticket office with substantial columns supporting a high ceiling. The waiting room features beautiful wooden benches, still in excellent condition despite their antiquity. (Photo 1) – Via M. Angeloni is a street in Perugia which runs from Piazza Vittorio Veneto to Via Ruggero D’Andreotto. (Photo 2) – Piazza delle Fonti di Veggio is a square in Perugia, the capital city of the Umbria region in Italy. The name of the square means “Square of the Springs of Veggio”, as it is located near a natural spring that was used as a water source by the locals. The square is also close to the train station and the city centre, making it a convenient location for visitors. It has a fountain that dates to the 16th century, which was restored in 2018. The fountain has four spouts that represent the four seasons and a basin decorated with floral motifs. (Photo 3) – Via XX Settembre is a street in Perugia which runs from Via M. Angeloni to Via Baldassarre Orsini. (Photos 4-7) – Parco della Pescaia is a park in Perugia. It was built in the 1970s on an area that used to have water basins for irrigation and fish farming. It has a natural spring called Fonti di Veggio, which dates to ancient times and was used to collect and channel the water from nearby sources. It has an open-air theatre that hosts cultural events and performances. It is close to the train station and the city centre, making it easy to reach and explore. (Photos 5-6) – Via Ascanio della Corgna is a street in Perugia which runs from Via XX Settembre to Via Fiorenzo di Lorenzo. (Photo 8) – Via Fiorenzo di Lorenzo is a street in Perugia which runs from Piazza Partigiani to Viale Pompeo Pellini. (Photos 9-10) – Porta Crucia is a historic gate in Perugia. It was built in 1576 as a reconstruction of a 13th-century gate that was commissioned by the condottiero Braccio Fortebraccio da Montone. It has a round arch with white travertine quoins that contrast with the red bricks of the structure. It was named after the governor Antonio Santacroce, whose surname means “holy cross” in Italian. It has two niches for statues that were never made (Photos 11-12) – Via Eburnea is a street in Perugia which runs from Via Fiorenzo di Lorenzo to Via delle Forze. (Photos 12-13) – Via degli Apostoli is a street deadend in Perugia which can be found along Via Eburnea. (Photo 14) – Mandorla Arch is a historic arch in Perugia. It is named after the almond-shaped motif that decorates the arch, which symbolizes the union of the divine and the human. It was built in the 18th century by the architect Pietro Carattoli, who also designed the nearby Palazzo della Penna. It is one of the few examples of Baroque architecture in Perugia, as the city mostly preserves its medieval and Renaissance heritage. (Photo 15) – Via Annibale Mariotti is a street in Perugia which runs from Via Francesco Bruschi to Via della Cupa. (Photo 16) – Via della Cupa is a street in Perugia which runs from Via Annibale Mariotti to Via della Stella. (Photos 17-18-19-20)

Piazza Baldassarre Ferri, formerly known as Piazza del Naspo and Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, this charming square was renamed in 1871 after Baldassarre Ferri (1610-1680). Baldassarre Ferri was a renowned treble voice and is interred in the Church of San Filippo Neri located here. The Church of Saint Philip Neri in Perugia, Italy, is a remarkable example of Baroque architecture and art. It was built in the 17th century and inspired by the Roman church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, where the founder of the Oratory, Saint Philip Neri, wanted to dedicate all the altars to the Virgin Mary. The church has a single nave with side chapels, richly decorated with frescoes by various painters, such as Carlone, Boccanera, Brizi, and Appiani. The main attraction of the church is the Immaculate Conception by Pietro da Cortona, a masterpiece of Baroque painting that depicts the Virgin Mary surrounded by angels and saints. The church also has a complex iconographic program that illustrates the mysteries of the faith and the virtues of the Virgin Mary through symbols, allegories, and figures from the Old Testament. The church is open to visitors and offers guided tours and cultural events. (Photo 23) – Via Cesare Fani is a street in Perugia which runs from Corso Vannucci to Piazza Giacomo Matteotti. (Photos 24-25) – Piazza IV Novembre is a beautiful square in the historic centre of Perugia. It has been the heart of civic life since the Roman era, and it hosts some of the most important buildings and monuments of the city, such as: – Palazzo dei Priori: A majestic Gothic palace that was the seat of the city’s government and magistrates from the 13th to the 19th century. It houses the National Gallery of Umbria, one of the most important art collections in Italy, and the Collegio del Cambio, a stunning frescoed hall by Perugino. – (Photos 26-27-28-29) – The Fontana Maggiore is a stunning medieval fountain in the centre of Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia, Italy. It was built between 1275 and 1278 by the sculptors Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, father and son, to celebrate the completion of a new aqueduct that brought water to the city. The fountain has two concentric basins of marble, decorated with 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues that depict scenes from the Bible, Roman history, local legends, the zodiac signs, and the agricultural activities of each month. The fountain also has a bronze cup with three nymphs holding an amphora, from which the water flows. The fountain is considered a masterpiece of Gothic sculpture and engineering, and a symbol of Perugia’s civic pride and culture. (Photo 28) – The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is the main church of Perugia, Italy, and the seat of the archbishop. It is dedicated to Saint Lawrence, a deacon and martyr who died in Rome in the 3rd century. The cathedral has a long and complex history, dating back to the 10th century, but it was mostly built in the 14th and 15th centuries in a Gothic style. The exterior is unfinished, but the interior is richly decorated with artworks and relics. Some of the highlights of the cathedral are: – The chapel of San Bernardino, which contains a famous painting of the Deposition by Federico Barocci, a master of the Mannerist school. – The wooden choir in the apse, which was carved by Giuliano da Maiano and Domenico del Tasso in the 15th century, and features scenes from the life of Christ and the saints. The bishop’s throne, which was designed by Ciancio di Pierfrancesco and sculpted by Rocco di Tommaso in the 16th century and shows the coat of arms of Perugia and the papal tiara. – The sacristy, which is frescoed by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi di Pesaro in the 16th century and depicts the history of the cathedral and the city. – Corso Pietro Vannucci is a street in Perugia which runs from Piazza IV Novembre to Piazza Italia. (Photos 30-31)

Piazza Italia in Perugia is a charming and picturesque spot that offers a tranquil green space amidst the city’s historic architecture. Here are some interesting details about it: – More Park-Like Than Piazza-Like: Contrary to what its name might suggest, Piazza Italia is described as more park-like, featuring a small green area with a winding path, park benches, colourful flower beds, established trees, statues, and fountains. The centrepiece of the piazza is a large and imposing statue of Vittorio Emanuele II on horseback. There’s also a pond-like fountain with a statue of a siren, and at the opposite end, a fountain with a whimsical statue of a small child. Piazza Italia is conveniently located just a short walk from the main piazza, Piazza IV Novembre. It sits out front of the Palazzo della Provincia and is accessible via Corso Vannucci. If you continue around the back of the Palazzo della Provincia, you’ll find another small park, the Carducci Gardens. The Giardini Carducci is situated at Corso Pietro Vannucci, Perugia. This charming park is perched at the southern end of Corso Vannucci. From here, you’ll enjoy expansive views across the city’s rooftops, extending to the picturesque countryside and the cypress-covered hills beyond. It’s a serene spot that invites contemplation and relaxation. The Giardini Carducci stands atop what was once a massive 16th-century fortress, known as the Rocca Paolina. The park’s greenery now graces the site where history and architecture intersect. Imagine strolling through this tranquil oasis while surrounded by echoes of the past. The gardens are enriched by the presence of a monument dedicated to Pietro Vannucci, affectionately known as Perugino. Additionally, you’ll find busts honouring illustrious individuals. But the true immortalization of these gardens comes from the poet Giosuè Carducci. His ode titled “Canto all’amore,” penned during his stay in Perugia in 1877, forever links his name to this green haven. Additionally, there’s a bar across the road, Punto di Vista, which offers panoramic views over Perugia and the Umbrian countryside. It’s a lovely place to relax and soak in the atmosphere of Perugia after exploring the nearby historic sites. Viale Indipendenza is a street in Perugia which runs from Via Luigi Masi to Via Baglioni. (Photos 36-37-38-39-40)

Perugia Cuisine: – Perugia offers a rich culinary experience that reflects its history and landscape. Here are some special dishes and products you might enjoy: – Truffles: Particularly the black truffle, which is used to flavour pasta dishes like stringozzi, and meat courses. – Testo: A type of focaccia made from water, flour, baking soda, and salt, often served with vegetables or meat. – Palombacci: A traditional pigeon dish, seasoned, wrapped in prosciutto, and cooked in an earthenware pot. – Brustengolo: A dense corn flour cake with raisins, nuts, and fruits, embodying the local peasant culture. – Ciaramicola: A doughnut-shaped Easter dessert, covered with meringue and colourful candies representing Perugia’s districts.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Piazza Vittorio Veneto to Via della Cupa 
Approximately 2.30 km – 1.43 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Vittorio Veneto – Via M. Angeloni – Piazza delle Fonti di Veggio – Via del Bucaccio – Via XX Settembre – Parco della Pescaia – Via XX Settembre – Via Ascanio della Corgna – Via Fiorenzo di Lorenzo – Porta Crucia, Via Eburnea – Via Eburnea – Via degli Apostoli – Via S. Giacomo – Via Annibale Mariotti – Via della Cupa

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2  – Via della Cupa to Viale Indipendenza
Approximately 1.01 km – 0.63 miles

The walk starts in Via della Cupa – Piazza Baldassarre Ferri – Via della Stella – Via dei Priori -Corso Vannucci – Via Cesare Fani – Piazza IV Novembre – Corso Pietro Vannucci – Piazza Italia – Giardini Carducci, Piazza Italia – Viale Indipendenza