Tuesday we went exploring. It was our first full day in Perugia, so we started at the apartment and radiated out. We went grocery shopping and browsed a street vendor selling ceramics at Piazza Danti.
Food from the Alimentari
Ceramics for sale on the steps of Cathedrale San Lorenzo
We discovered that Perugia is a narrow oval of a town; you can walk for a very long time in one direction, then take one side street and be not too far from where you started. It’s hard to tell where’ll you’ll end up because the streets twist and turn in haphazard, multilevel, maze-like routes – some roads lead you uphill, some roads lead down. Some of the streets go underneath buildings and are hidden in the corners of other streets that look like dead-ends. Also, you can meander down a very gradual hill with lots of twists and turns for thirty minutes, and then get back home in five minutes by taking one steep stairway. The entire town is hills, hills, hills and many people walk everywhere (according to the Tourist Information office). You could eat pizza and drink beer for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never gain weight in this town!
There are frescoes located all throughout the town, tucked in back alleyways and displayed prominantly along busy streets.
A small fresco displayed above a modern clothing store in Perugia’s Centro Storico.
A close-up of the same fresco
A fresco seen on Via Ercolano
Wednesday we decided to follow one of the local walking tours that took us to the far edge of town. We followed a gradual hill up to the Keep of Sant’Angelo – a giant castle-looking structure – and found a beautiful temple (Temple of Sant’Angelo) hidden at the top of a hill behind stone walls and a lush green garden.
The Keep from Corso Garibaldi – the largest of Perugia’s medieval city gates (14th century)
The Keep as seen from the Temple Garden
Me in front of the Temple of Sant’Angelo, the oldest church in Perugia (5th-6th century)
Inside the Temple – the main center
In order to save a little space, I am condensing the following pictures into thumbnails. You should be able to click on each picture to enlarge them if you’re interested.
L to R, top to bottom: temple ceiling, around an inside wall of the temple, wall fresco, fresco and cross, burial tombs(?), church bells, baptismal chamber (located off of the main gallery), side room, side room (sorry, I don’t know what these side rooms were used for), prayer candles.
On the way home we were treated to an excellent view of the Etruscan Arch (Arco Etrusco).
The Etruscan Arch – shot on the way home from the Temple of Sant’Angelo
The Etruscan Arch – shot earlier that morning
The Etruscan Arch – inside wall
And here’s a few shots from later in the evening and Wednesday night:
Roof tiling from the edge