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Perugia is a city in central Italy and the capital of Perugia province and the region of Umbria. It was a major Etruscan city and passed to Rome in 310 BC. Perugia came under papal rule in 1540. It was the centre of the Umbrian school of painting in the 15th century. The main industries are food processing, textiles and machinery. As of 2010, the population of Perugia was a little over 168,000.

The main sights to see in the city include the 13th-century city walls, Perugia Cathedral (Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Lorenzo) which is a Roman Catholic cathedral consecrated in 1587) and shown below, the church and abbey of San Pietro, the Dominican San Domenico Basilica church, the Church of Sant'Angelo as well as several other churches, The Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall, encompassing the Collegio del Cambio, Collegio della Mercanzia, and Galleria Nazionale and shown below), Fontana Maggiore (a medieval fountain designed by Fra Bevignate and sculpted by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano and shown below), the Chapel of San Severo (which retains a fresco painted by Raphael and Perugino), the Rocca Paolina (a Renaissance fortress dating from 1540 to 1543), the university's botanical garden (Orto Botanico dell'Università di Perugia), several Etruscan antiquities and National Museum of Umbrian Archaeology. Perugia has had a rich tradition of art and artists and has plenty of museums, events and festivals to offer the culture vulture away from the crowds of Italy’s more popular destinations. Photographs taken during a visit in the summer of 2018 are shown in the thumbnail gallery below (click on an image to enlarge):

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