Aqueduct Perugia

One of the most impressive monuments in the city of Perugia is a 13th century medieval aqueduct, the upper part of which has been transformed into a footpath with a view over parts of the city. This medieval monument was originally built to supply water to the Fontana Maggiore in Piazza IV Novembre.

Aqueduct Perugia

History and description

Acqueduct Perugia
Aqueduct

The aqueduct is around 4 kilometers long and was built in the 13th century with the intention to conduct water from the Monte Pacciano to the Fontana Maggiore.

The construction of the aqueduct progressed very slowly. Led by Fra Bevignate and Boninsegna da Venezia, it took 25 years (from 1255 to 1280) for the structure to be completed.

A plaque on the top basin of the fountain refers to the construction of a new and more direct route.

In 1835, frequent maintenance problems led to the construction of a new aqueduct. Its source was in Bagnara di Nocera Umbra.

Medieval aqueduct Perugia
Another stretch of the aqueduct

The central part of the medieval aqueduct is now being used as a walkway from the district called Porta d’Angelo to the city center.

The underground section of the aqueduct, which used the reach the Fontana Maggiore, is now part of the archaeological area of the Cathedral Museum. It was in use from the 13th tot the 19th century.

Museo delle Acque e i Conservoni

The Museum of the Waters is located in an area called Ponte d’Addo in the north eastern part of the city close to the ruins of the medieval reservoirs (conservoni) where the water was used to be. The museums highlights the history of the aqueduct in a section called De abundantia aquae. (Address: Strada Comunale Monte Pacciano, 2, 06131 Vagliano; phone: +39 0755 73650. Call before visiting, because the museum has been closed for a while.)

Via degli Acquedotti, Perugia


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