Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall)

Town Hall in Perugia

Palazzo Dei Priori, Perugia
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The Town Hall of Perugia, a prime example of the eta comunale style of public palaces from the 11th century, is situated on Piazza IV Novembre, extending along Corso Vannucci to Via Boncambi. This historic building remains an integral part of the town hall and houses the National Gallery of Umbria.

Architectural Evolution: The Town Hall is fundamentally Gothic in style, with construction spanning from 1293 to 1443 in various stages. The oldest section is the Room of the Notaries, which is still in use today. This room features three trifora windows and a trefoil portal facing the square, as well as ten triforas and four-light windows facing Corso Vannucci.

Historical Significance: The western, less visible side of the Town Hall includes the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People Palace), originally the tower house of Madonna Dialdiana. In 1325, the Major Portal, the main entrance, was constructed. Between 1326 and 1443, the façade and palace were expanded, incorporating two churches and adding the College of the Exchange Guild.

Restoration and Modern Use: Despite extensive alterations over the centuries, the Town Hall was restored to its original condition after 1860. Today, through the Major Portal, visitors can access the National Gallery of Umbria, which contains the most important collections of Umbrian art.

Cultural Hub: Known for the saying “all roads lead to Piazza IV Novembre,” the Town Hall is easily accessible from anywhere in Perugia, emphasizing its central role in the city’s cultural and administrative life.

Visiting Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall)

The Town Hall of Perugia not only stands as a monument to the city’s rich medieval heritage but also continues to be a vibrant part of its cultural landscape, offering a glimpse into both the historical and artistic significance of the region.

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Visiting Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall)


Tuesday to Friday 8:30 – 19:00

Monday From April 1 to October 31: 12:00-19:30

Address: Palazzo dei Priori, Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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