Piazza IV Novembre is a beautiful square in the historic center of Perugia, gathering the most important buildings and monuments of the city, from Palazzo dei Priori, to Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
Piazza IV Novembre is also the setting for summer concerts during the Umbria Jazz Festival. In autumn, it becomes the headquarters of the Fiera dei Morti, a traditional event that takes place every year since 1260, coinciding with the All Saints’ Day. In June, there is also Perugia 1416, a historical re-enactment of the conquest of the city by Braccio Fortebracci. Last but not least, in the square is held Eurochocolate, a chocolate fair founded in 1993.
Piazza IV Novembre stands on the former site of the ancient Roman Forum. In the Middle Ages, it has become the starting point for five main streets, known as the Royal Streets.
In the 9th century, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo was built, and the square has qualified as a representative space for political and religious power, a role confirmed later by the establishment of the municipal government buildings.
The current structure is that defined by the restructuring of the Platea Magna Comunis (the space between the cathedral and today’s Piazza della Repubblica), commissioned by the municipality and implemented between the 13th and 15th centuries. The intervention focused on the enlargement of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and on the construction of the Palazzo dei Priori.
The square changed its appearance in 1591 when the papal legate Domenico Pinelli opened a new and wider access road (the current Via Calderini).
HOW TO GET THERE
Well, in Perugia, all roads lead to Piazza IV Novembre. The nearest bus stations are in P.G. Matteotti, about 200 meters away, and in Piazza Italia, about 500 meters from the square. To get there on foot, you can use the map below.