he capital of Umbria was founded by the Etruscans in the VII century b.C. Throughout the Middle Ages it was an important city-state. The historical centre is one of the largest and richest in interest of Italy. Half a day in this town is hardly sufficient, especially for those who like a more profound approach. The township also organizes lots of cultural events; the most famous one is the yearly jazz-festival in July.
Even a brief visit should never skip the Rocca Paolina – the basement of an ancient papal fortress – , the main street called Corso Vannucci, the old town-hall and the IV November square with its magnificent fountain. A short but tough walk takes one to the monumental etruscan gate at the University for foreigners.
As mentioned above, it is quite interesting to enrich your journey with a visit to the National Gallery* or the Archeological Museum*; furthermore the etruscan well* and the Reunion Hall of the Money-changers* briefly called Cambio frescoed by the renaissance master Perugino are worth while.