Archeological Area of the Cathedral of san Lorenzo


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During the restructuration of the Canoniche ensemble, was put attention also to the cloister’s lower level than the current. It was discovered the confirmation of the uninterrupted continuity of use of Perugia’ area, since the Etruscan Age. In fact, were discovered wide sections of etruscan walling (VI-V cent. B.C.), which had the dual function to hold the old acropolis town, besides to form one of the first element of a cult building. The travertine blocks, which constitute this walling, have a square appearance and they are put one above the other without using mortar. Various fragments of architectural decorations are also emerged like capitals, marbled frames of Roman Age, that began for Perugia with the designation of a console of the city in the II century B.C. and it carried out with the assignment of the City Hall’s status to Perugia.

The excavations revealed also other important finds like, for examples, the remains of an old kiln, used for the edification of the Cathedral during the late Middle Age.


Piazza IV Novembre – entrance at Cathedral’s upper cloister

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Excavations admission 8,00 € – Combined admission (Museum + Excavations) 13,00 €


Guided tours only in italian with reservations required
From 1st of April to 30th of September:
from tuesday to sunday: 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

From 1st of October to 31st of March:
from tuesday to friday at 11 a.m. / saturday and sunday at 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Closed 1st of January,Easter morning, 1st of May, 15th of August, 1st of November, 25th and 26th of December