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Roman Aqueduct

Stroll along the top of an ancient waterway, now a picturesque path that cuts through the heart of Perugia’s old town.

One of the prettiest walking routes in Perugia is the Roman Aqueduct, which forms a narrow path through the center of the town. Join the route from Via Appia and take a leisurely ramble across the length of this ancient structure. Walk slowly to better appreciate the beauty and atmosphere of the old town.

Although the aqueduct was first constructed by the Romans, it became a major part of the town in 1254 when it was extended to reach the spring of Monte Pacciano. See the work of Boninsegna, a Venetian architect who oversaw the project. Toward the start of the 19th century the aqueduct became a popular walking route and it remains a favored spot for locals and visitors to take a stroll.

Walk along the remains of the aqueduct, which run for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) through the old town. Find the path, named Via dell'Acquedotto, coming off the steep slope of Via Appia.

While on the route, look for famous buildings. Spot the elegant 19th-century architecture of Gallenga Stuart Palace between the colorful houses. The walking trail ends near the historic campus of the University of Perugia.

Weave through the streets below the aqueduct to appreciate it from a different angle. Stop for photos beneath the ancient stone arches that supported the waterway.

When the aqueduct was extended in the middle of the 13th century, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano constructed the Fontana Maggiore to celebrate the achievement. Visit Piazza IV Novembre, which is near the aqueduct, to admire this stunning water feature. Two-tier polygonal stone basins are decorated with stone carvings of biblical figures and allegorical images. Look for reliefs of a lion and a griffin, the symbols of Perugia.

The Roman Aqueduct is just a 4-minute walk from Piazza IV Novembre, which is in the center of the old town. Alternatively, ride a bus to the University of Perugia or Piazza Francesco Morlacchi for quick access to the aqueduct.


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Sina Brufani $145
Sina Brufani

Sina Brufani

Piazza Italia, 12, Perugia, PG
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corso Vannucci and Piazza IV Novembre. Perugia City Hall and Church of Sant'Ercolano are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 19 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Giò Wine e Jazz Area $70
    Hotel Giò Wine e Jazz Area

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    Via Ruggero d'Andreotto 19, Perugia, PG
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Perugia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oratorio di San Bernardino and Piazza IV Novembre. San Francesco al Prato and Teatro Comunale Morlacchi are also within 15 minutes. Perugia Station is 14 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Bonazzi $51
      Hotel Bonazzi

      Hotel Bonazzi

      Via Bonazzi 55, Perugia, PG
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corso Vannucci and Piazza IV Novembre. Rocca Paolina and Perugia City Hall are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Little Italy Boutique Hostel $24
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        via della Nespola 1-3, Perugia, PG
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Albergo Ristorante La Rosetta $77
          Albergo Ristorante La Rosetta

          Albergo Ristorante La Rosetta

          Piazza Italia, 19, Perugia, PG
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corso Vannucci and Piazza IV Novembre. Perugia City Hall and Church of Sant'Ercolano are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 18 minutes by foot.

            Hotel San Sebastiano
            Hotel San Sebastiano

            Hotel San Sebastiano

            Via San Sebastiano 4, Perugia
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University for Foreigners of Perugia and Piazza IV Novembre. University of Perugia and Arco Etrusco are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Fortuna $79
              Hotel Fortuna

              Hotel Fortuna

              Via Bonazzi 19, Perugia, PG
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Corso Vannucci and Piazza IV Novembre. Perugia City Hall and Rocca Paolina are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 18 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Morlacchi $74
                Hotel Morlacchi

                Hotel Morlacchi

                Via Tiberi 2, Perugia, PG
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Comunale Morlacchi and Piazza IV Novembre. Corso Vannucci and Hall of Notaries are also within 5 minutes. Perugia Station is 20 minutes by foot.