The Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia (The Merchants 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 del Cambio (Money Changers 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.
The Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia was the first guild in the city of Perugia and its purpose was to establish and carry out the rules and regulations governing the cloth trade. This Perugia attraction consists of a single chamber called the Audience Hall (Sala di Udienza), decorated from floor to ceiling with inlaid wood panels depicting prisms and quatrefoils interspersed with sculptural wooden details. As if this were not impressive enough, the room also has a “Pulpit of Justice,” partially recessed into a long row of wooden benches on the left side of the room where disputes were heard. The pulpit features carved, painted and gold-leafed wooden figures representing the four cardinal virtues—Justice, Fortitude, Prudence and Temperance. On the right side of the room, just beyond the inlaid counters, under the bezel of the vaulted ceiling is the emblem of the Guild—the griffin of Perugia standing majestically atop a bale of wool.
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 the Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia on the left, just past the entrance to Palazzo 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.