The Nobile Collegio del Cambio (Money Changers Guild) is just steps from Palazzo dei Priori and The National Gallery of Umbria (Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria) and very near to the Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia (The Merchants Guild), all of which are on Corso Vannucci. It’s possible to purchase a combined ticket that saves .50 cents and visit both of the “Collegio” museums in about an hour. These two Perugia attractions were once the chambers of the wealthiest guilds of Perugia and by the looks of their lavish interiors it’s easy to see they wielded considerable power in their heydays.
On display in The Nobile Collegio del Cambio are examples of beautiful craftsmanship in the form of intricate woodworking and colorful, detailed frescoes, many of which were painted by Pietro Vannucci (A.K.A Il Perugino). The museum consists of the entranceway—the former Hall of Legists (A.K.A. the lawyers), the Audience Hall (Sala di Udienza) and the Chapel of St. John the Baptist.
This chapel, according to one of the guides is where the moneychangers would pray each day for the almighty guidance needed to carry out their duties equitably—namely the weighing of coins to determine their value and fair exchange as well as the settlement of civic disputes related to money, of which we can be sure there were many.
A small room between the audience hall and the chapel contains a display of 550 ancient coin weights for the many coins circulating in Perugia from the 1400s to the mid 1800s. The collection also contains coin weights and scales that were in circulation throughout Europe until the 20th century.
Walking From Piazza Partigiani Bus Terminal:
Take the series of escalators (scale mobili) located across the street from the bus station to arrive in Piazza Italia. From Piazza Italia walk straight on Corso Vannucci to reach Nobile Collegio del Cambio on the left, just before the intersection of Via dei Priori.
From Perugia Train Station (Fontivegge):
By Cab (Approx. €12): 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. For Piazza Italia take Bus Line TS.
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.
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.