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One of the 12 cities which controlled part of central Italy in Etruscan times.
Around the town's main square, the Piazza IV Novembre, visit the National Gallery in the Palazzo dei Priori (it houses works by Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio and Perugino), the Gothic cathedral with a fresco by Luca Signorelli and the 13th-century marble and bronze Fontana Maggiore by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. The Palazzo dei Priori is an imposing medieval building.
Noteworthy are the Sala dei Notari, decorated with 14th century frescoes; the Portale delle Arti, the Collegio della Mercanzia used for the meetings of the Merchants' Guild and the Collegio del Cambio with a fresco cycle by Perugino.
Close to the Duomo there is the entrance to the Etruscan Well, the Pozzo Etrusco where it is possible to reach the bottom.
The church of San Severo hosts an interesting fresco cycle by Raphael and Perugino.
Visit the Oratorio di San Bernardino, a masterpiece of Umbrian Renaissance with bas reliefs by Agostino di Duccio; the 5th century church of Sant'Angelo, the oldest church of Perugia; the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, San Pietro with 16th century frescoes and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria with prehistoric, Etruscan and Roman finds.
The crumbling walls of Rocca Paolina, a fortress built in 1373, offer great views from the highest point in town.
The public Universitą per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) offers courses for foreigners wishing to study Italian language and culture.