"I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven" − Perugian Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (aka Perugino), artist and mentor to Raphael, on his deathbed giving his reasons for refusing to see a priest.
The capital city of the Umbria Region, Perugia is a highly esteemed artistic city in Italy and provides stunning views and a wonderfully rich history. It is also famous for its chocolate and hosts a celebratory Chocolate Festival each October. We invite you on our walking tour to experience this beautiful Italian hill town surrounded by incredible ancient Etruscan walls. Learn of the many famous artists who made their home here, including its most famous, Raphael's teacher Pietro Vannucci. We will explore this artistic hub and show you its treasures including the University of Perugia's Botanical Gardens, the Church of Santa Giuliana and Fontana Maggiore.
Along our tour, we will see one of Italy's most distinguished civic structures, the Palazzo dei Priori. A highlight of the tour includes our visit to the National Gallery of Umbria which boasts the richest museum collection in central Italy, including sculptures by Arnolfo di Cambio (The Scribe), and frescoes by Duccio di Buoninsegna (Madonna and Child), Gentile da Fabriano (Madonna and Child with Angels) Beato Angelico (Guidalotti Polyptych), and Perugino (Adoration of the Magi, The Dead Christ). As we walk the streets of Perugia and take in the medieval monuments and intricate architectural delights, we will have the chance to walk through the Church of Santa Agata which was built in 1300 and see the Torre degli Sciri, Perugia's last remaining tower.