Postcards from Umbria: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria

It had been awhile since I had been to the main galleries in the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, and I had forgotton how beautifully done the 2006 restoration was.  I was back this past weekend, and fell in love all over again.

Even if 14th-16th century religious art isn’t your thing (the bulk of the collection is concentrated around that period) the building itself is worth an amble through.

Putty colored walls, soft lighting, a warren of oddly shaped rooms and corridors, exposed original stone and brick architectural details…simply stunning, and strangely soothing at the same time.

My favorite room: the clocktower! Stand inside behind the enormous working clock four stories above the Corso and listen to the ticking which has marked the time in Perugia for more than 100 years.

The clocktower is now used as the museum's multimedia center.


  1. George |

    I don’t think I’ve been to that museum. I’ll have to remedy that on my next visit to Perugia.

    • rebecca |

      The museum also has rotating temporary exhibits which are fabulous…right now they have photographer Steve McCurry’s work up.


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