Museo del Capitolo di San Lorenzo

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(43.112338, 12.388506)
Open: APR to mid-JUL Mon 10-13:30, Tue-Sun 10-13:30, 14:30-18.
Mid-JUL to mid-SEP daily 10-13:30, 14:30-18.
Mid-SEP to OCT Mon 10-13:30, Tue-Sun 10-13:30, 14:30-18.
NOV to MAR Tue-Fri 10-13:30, Sat, Sun 10-17.
Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: Adults EUR 10, Children (7-18) EUR 6, Children (0-6) free, Students EUR 8, Seniors (70+) EUR 8, Family (2+2) EUR 30.
Museum: Adults EUR 6, Children (4-6) EUR 4, Children (0-3) free, Students EUR 5, Seniors (70+) EUR 5, Family (2+2) EUR 30.
Classification: SubterraneaSubterranea Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Museo del Capitolo di San Lorenzo, , Tel: +39-0, Fax: +39-0,
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1923 museum opened to the public.
2000 renovation of the museum.


The Museo del Capitolo di San Lorenzo (Museum of the Chapter of San Lorenzo) is located next to the cathedral of the same name. It is a museum with exhibitions on the ground floor and the first floor. But there is also a staircase down into the underground, from the cloister of the Canonica.

The first underground chamber you reach is the Sala del Conclave where five Popes were elected, Honorius III (1216), Clement IV (1265), Honorius IV (1285), Celestine V (1294), and Clement V (1305). This is called Perugia Papacy and was during the 13th century A massive wall in the middle of the chamber is rather new, it was built in the mid 20th century to support the floor of the cathedral above. There are signs for the route, which will lead you to the remains of the Etruscan walls. The city was Etruscan before it was conquered by the Romans, and there are many remains from this era. The walls here were part of the acropolis of Perugia, there was a temple, perhaps dedicated to Uni, the Etruscan version of Juno or Hera. An ancient cobbled road is also of Etruscan origin, but was also used during Roman times. It shows the ruts left by cartwheels. Finally, you reach the ancient Roman road which is located below Piazza Cavallotti.

The underground passages extend about a kilometer below the cloisters and the Cathedral. There is a marked roundtrip and educational signs like in the other parts of the museum. It is part of the museum and can be visited self-guided, but there are also guided tours which require reservation.