The Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia’s municipal building, houses The National Gallery of Umbria on its upper floors and is arguably the architectural crown jewel of Perugia’s historic center. If you don’t have time to take in a museum, the Palazzo is well worth a visit to admire its period-spanning ornamentation, crafted in gorgeous travertine and marble. Its enchanting stone atrium is free to enter after crossing through the gorgeous Romanesque portal (a.k.a. the front door). Inside the atrium are the original bronze statues of the two symbols of Perugia, the griffin and lion.
You can also pop into the museum’s book and gift shop, just across the atrium. The shop features handcrafted gifts by local Umbrian artists, guidebooks in multiple languages, a section of children’s books and miscellaneous journals, stationary, craft items and art sets.
Read more about the Palazzo dei Priori on our blog. See directions to Palazzo dei Priori below.
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 Palazzo dei Priori on the left, just past 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.