Perugia: the Etruscan city
Perugia, the capital of the region Umbria, is rich in history and monuments dating from Etruscan times, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The old town is located on the castle hill. Around it, there are five formerly medieval villages extending beyond the town gates of the Etruscan city.
A discovery tour through the city in Umbria is just like a journey into the past to the ancient people, who founded the settlement and inhabited it for centuries. Among the most important Etruscan art treasures, which still can be admired in Perugia, we have to mention the impressive city walls, the town gate called Porta Pulchra (also known as Etruscan Arc or Porta Augustea) and the Sorbello fountain, which ranks among the oldest ones in the surroundings.
Besides, also the Acropolis below the cloister of the dome and the necropolis full of archaeological finds are worth mentioning. Today, numerous of those things, which were found during excavations, are exhibited in the Archeological National Museum of Umbria – a real attraction for lovers of history and art.
In spite of everything, Perugia also has a more modern side and it offers several buildings, which bear the mark of famous contemporary architects: for instance the Center of Fontivegge designed by Aldo Rossi, the multi-media library Sandro Penna, the Minimetrò – a kind of metro planned by Jean Nouvel and Palazzo Grossi. All in all the fascinating metropolis of Umbria has many specialties ready for its guests, so that every visit will be a worthwhile experience.