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Perugia dominates the Tiber Valley from a high, irregular and rough hill: the particular feature of the land has generated a wide variety of urbanistic situations, giving the town a very special aspect. Perugia is a very ancient town, which rose to power during the time of the Etruscans. It was controlled by the Romans and invaded by the barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire. In the 11th century a Free Commune was set up, reaching great power and splendor in the 13th and 14th century. After an obscure period of internal fighting, in 1540 it was conquered by Paolo III Farnese and remained under the dominion of the Church until 1860, when it became a member of the Italian State.
The Perugia of today is a modern and cosmopolitan city, known throughout the world for its cultural exhibitions and for its University for Foreigners; it is able to offer those who visit it a wide selection of hotels, residence self catering accommodation, agriturismos, B&B, guesthouses, camping sites and holiday homes.
The monumental centre of Perugia is represented by the Piazza IV Novembre together with the steep alleys which lead as far as the oldest walls of the original Etruscan nucleus reachable through the ancient gates Porta Marzia, Porta Sole, Porta Cornea, Porta Trasimena, Porta della Mandorla and the Arco Etrusco. The piazza is justly considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy; it is surrounded by splendid buildings, and in the centre stands the Fontana Maggiore: this beautiful medieval fountain was erected in the second half of the 12th century, ending an important public work, the aqueduct which carried water to the town from Mount Pacciano. Another side of the square is occupied by the Palazzo dei Priori, which was in the Middle Ages the residence of the principal political authorities of the city. The interior of the Palazzo dei Priori comprises the National Gallery of Umbria, the most important collection of art in Umbria for the Medieval and the Modern periods. The other side of the square is occupied by the Cathedral of San Lorenzo of the 1300s. The interior, divided into three naves, contains distinguished works of art, among which can be pointed out the Cappella del Santo Anello, where is preserved, according to an old tradition, the ring of the Virgin; the Cappella di San Bernardino; the very fine choir stalls by Giuliano da Maiano and Domenico del Tasso.
Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city we should absolutely mention the musical festival Umbria Jazz and the gastronomic festival Eurochocolate.
Perugia is made even more charming by the large choice of accommodation facilities on offer.
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