Piazza IV Novembre

Square in Perugia


At the end of World War I, Perugia’s main square was renamed Piazza IV Novembre to commemorate the date of the surrender of Austria-Hungarian forces to Italy. In Perugia, all roads lead to Piazza IV Novembre, as it serves as the starting point for the city’s five main thoroughfares, historically known as the “Royal Streets.”

Historical Significance: Piazza IV Novembre is located on the site of the original Roman forum of the ancient Etruscan city, Perusia. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, built in the 9th century, stands on the forum. By the 10th century, the square had become the political and religious center of Perugia. The Fontana Maggiore, a monumental symbol of the city, was installed in the square in 1277.

Medieval Transformations: In the 13th century, the city commissioned the remaking of the “Great Square” (Latin: Platea Magna Comunis), the area between the Cathedral and what is now Piazza della Repubblica. This transformation was necessary to accommodate the enlargement of the cathedral and the construction of the Town Hall (Palazzo dei Priori).

Modern-Day Events: Piazza IV Novembre hosts several significant events throughout the year:

  • Umbria Jazz Festival: Held each summer, this world-renowned festival attracts music lovers from around the globe.
  • Feast of the Dead (Fiera dei Morti): An autumn event that has been celebrated annually since 1260.
  • Perugia 1416: A June reenactment of the city’s conquest by Braccio Fortebraccio, an exiled native son who returned as a warlord.
  • Eurochocolate Festival: From March 25 to April 3, the square transforms into a chocolate lover’s paradise, celebrating all things chocolate.

Piazza IV Novembre is not just a historical and cultural hub but also a vibrant venue for festivals and events, making it a must-visit location in Perugia.

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Visiting Piazza IV Novembre


24 Hours



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

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