Perugia’s Museum Workshop Giuditta Brozzetti (Il Museo-Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti) is about a 15-minute walk from Piazza IV Novembre and it is well worth the effort. This hidden jewel of Perugia’s attractions is located inside a former thirteenth century church (Ex Chiesa di San Francesco delle Donne) where Saint Francis and his disciples once lived and prayed. The museum is dedicated entirely to the history and the preservation of traditional Umbrian hand weaving techniques. Visitors here will meet Marta Cucchia, a fourth generation master weaver who tells the story of Umbrian textiles and treats her visitors to a demonstration of this ancient craft that’s been kept alive over the centuries by generations of passionate women.
You can visit the workshop and also buy these richly woven fabrics in the form of pillows, table runners, curtains and other household items, or you can weave your own colorful piece of history by signing up for one of the workshop’s hand weaving, lacemaking and embroidery courses offered throughout the year for individuals and small groups.
Read more about Perugia’s Museum Workshop Giuditta Brozzetti on our blog.
Walking From Piazza IV Novembre:
Leave Piazza IV Novembre passing the fountain on your left to Via Maestà delle Volte. Turn right to stay on Via Maestà delle Volte walking under the archway. Turn right into Piazza Cavallotti. At the corner with the newsstand turn right onto Via dei Baldeschi. At a very short distance, turn left onto Via Appia (taking the wide stairs down). Bear left onto Via dell’Acquedotto (the remains of a 13th century aqueduct). Take this to the end and turn left onto Via Ariodante Fabretti. Walk straight about 100 yards to Piazza Università. From P. Università make a left onto Via Francesco Innamorati. At the intersection of Via Francesco Innamorati and Via Zefferino Faino, bear right and walk up the hill onto Via Zefferino Faino. At a certain point, Via Zefferino Faino curves right but this is where you want walk straight to continue on Via Tiberio Berardi to arrive at the large church/laboratorio.
Buses from Piazza Cavallotti:
The Bus Line U leaves every 20 minutes and ends in Piazza Università. From P. Università make a left onto Via Francesco Innamorati. At the intersection of Via Francesco Innamorati and Via Zefferino Faino, bear right and walk up the hill onto Via Zefferino Faino. At a certain point, Via Zefferino Faino curves right but this is where you want walk straight to continue on Via Tiberio Berardi to arrive at the large church/laboratorio.
From Perugia Train Station (Fontivegge):
By Cab (Approx. €15): Taxicabs are usually waiting just outside and to the left of the train station front exit. It’s about a 10-minute ride to Piazza Italia. If no cabs are waiting call Perugia Taxi: 075 500 4888
By Bus (€1.50 single trip): Buses leave from the front of the main railway station in Piazza Vittorio Veneto to Piazza Italia. Take Bus Line C to Piazza Università. Follow the walking directions above from Piazza Università.
By Minimetrò (€1.50 single trip): Adjacent to the back of the main railway station (where the tracks are located) and a 3-minute walk is Perugia’s light rail. Take this to the historic center (Pincetto Stop). Exit to your left and take the escalators or to your right for the elevator to the top, then walk to Via Oberdan and go right to Piazza Matteotti. Once in Piazza Matteotti take any of the side streets on the left to Corso Vannucci. Take Corso Vannucci to Piazza IV Novembre and follow the walking directions above or take a bus from Piazza Cavollotti (see above).
Note: The Minimetrò runs every 2 to 3 minutes Monday-Saturday 7am-9:20pm (Last ride at 9:05pm), Sundays and holidays 9:00am-9:00pm (Last ride at 8:45pm)
Tickets (UP Card) for both the buses and Minimetrò can be purchased at the bar/café inside the train station or at the kiosk located at the entrance to the mini metro itself.