Perugia, like most other towns and cities worth their salt in central Italy, is built on a hilltop. The city is the capital of the region of Umbria, and has a wealth of places worthy of exploration. Some of the highlights: The Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo, although on the main square, the Piazza IV Novembre, does not face it, instead fronting onto the smaller Piazza Danti beside. Fontana Maggiore is a 13th century fountain in the centre of Piazza IV Novembre. Palazzo dei Priori, perhaps Perugia’s most imposing building, now houses the Town Hall and the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria.

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