Student Handbook Trip Guide to Assisi & Perugia
Birthplace of St. Francis. Here you will
meet Giotto and Cimabue face to face. On World Heritage List.
Foro Romano e Museo Archeologico - via Portica. tel. 075 8155077.
10-13, 14:30-18. An interesting walk under the piazza, through the
town's original Roman forum. Roman, Etruscan sculpture, fragments. € 4
Basilica di San Francesco -
The basilica was designed by Brother Elias of Cortona, one of the first followers of St. Francis. On July 16, 1228, Francis was canonized by Pope Gregory IX, and the church was begun the day after. It was completed in 1253. Possibly the greatest and most important collection of early
renaissance paintings in the world. Proper dress is required to enter San
Francesco. Closed for mass at various times.
- Right transept - Cimabue, Madonna and Child
with St. Francis
- North transept - Giotto (attr.), scenes from the life of the Virgin and the childhood of Christ and Miracle of St Francis in Sessa
- Magdalene Chapel of the Lower Church between the northern transept and the nave - Giotto, Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene
- Nave - Master of St. Francis, Scenes from the Passion of Christ
- Apse, crossing vault - Giotto, Allegories of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, St. Francis in Glory
- South Transept Cappella di San
Martino of Simone Martini
- South Transept and left of altar, Pietro Lorenzetti, Passion of Christ
of St. Francis.
Upper Church: open 8:30-18:45.
Treasury & F.M. Perkins Collection of the basilica: Lorenzetti, Fra Angelico, Masolino, Signorelli.
Duomo - Piazza San Rufino.
Romanesque facade, Museo Diocesano and Crypt
museum, 10-13, 15-18 closed Wed, with Roman sarcophagus, columns. € 3.50
Comunale - Via San Francesco - Tel. 075812033. 10-13, 14-18.
Santa Chiara - (1257) St.
Clare's church; the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis; a powerful cult church experience.
of Minerva - a Roman
temple (now a church, only the facade remains) that inspired Goethe (Italian
Journey) to walk all the way from Perugia to see it.
Books: Zubboli - 19 Piazza Del Comune, tel. 075 812318. Hand-made books,
fine papers, art books.
The capital of Umbria, a lively city,
full of students, including from the University
for Foreigners. At 5 PM is the passeggiata: everyone in town strolls
up and down the Corso,
looking good. Buses can't go to the center, so we are dropped off at the Minimetrò station Pian di Massiano, about 15 minutes away. You get the ticket from a machine first, €1.50, and ride to Station Pincetta in the center. Minimetrò runs about every 3 minutes, and closes at 9:05 pm.
Arco Etrusco - Etruscan gate of the city (2-1C BC).
di San Severo - Piazza Raffaello 13. 10-13:30, 14:30-18:30
by Raphael. € 2.50
del Cambio - Corso
Vannucci, 25. 9-12:30, 14:30-17:30 tel. 075 5728599. Perugino's frescoed room.
Fontana Maggiore - (1275)
central fountain by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.
dell'Umbria - Palazzo
dei Priori, Corso
Vannucci, 19. Tues-Sun 8:30-19:30 tel. 075 5721009. Duccio, Perugino, Fra Angelico, Piero della
Francesca, Arnolfo di Cambio, Agostino
di Duccio, the Master
of St. Francis, Gentile
di Fabriano, Orazio
di Cortona. € 6.50
dei Volumni - 6 km southeast of Perugia, Ponte San Giovanni. 9:30-13,
15:30-18:30, tel 075 393329. Large
Etruscan tomb site, detailed sarcophagi.
The highway was built right through it. € 2.
Nazionale dell'Umbria - National Archeological
Museum of Umbria - ex Convento di S. Domenico, Piazza
G. Bruno, 10 (crosses Corso Cavour). Tel. 075 5727141. 8:30-19:30. Large
prehistoric section, Etruscan and Roman section: cinerary urns, bronzes,
Greek vases, bucchero (black pottery). € 4.
Museo dell’Accademia di Perugia - Piazza San Francesco al Prato 5. Thurs. - Sun 10-13, 15:30-18, € 5. Gipsoteca - great plaster cast collection: 3 Graces of Canova, Farnese Hercules, Lacoon, many more.
Rocca Paolina - built by A. de Sangallo (1540). Subterranean
streets, remains of medieval quarter. An escalator goes
through it to the center.
Sant'Angelo - 5-6C early
Christian church. 14C Gothic portal, 15C frescoes. 16 columns with Roman
San Bernardino - Piazza
San Francesco al Prato. Polychrome relief facade by Agostino di Duccio (1457).
San Pietro - Borgo XX Giugno. 10C, below is a small early Christian church. Sacristy, 4
small Peruginos; presbytery, inlaid wooden choir (1525).
Umbria Jazz - Piazza Danti 28. Tel. +39 075 5732432. July 5-14. Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack Dejohnette, John Legend, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis... Tickets are already on sale.
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