Perugia - The Salt War and the "Red Wedding" of Perugia

The Salt War and the "Red Wedding" of Perugia

(120 reviews)
Town centre, Perugia, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Three tragic days in July 1500 went into history as the Red Wedding or Blood Wedding. Learn about the Baglioni family and see where these dramatic events took place. By the way, did you know you can find reminders of this story in a painting of Raphael and in the "Picture of Dorian Gray"? The year 1540. For Perugia, the Salt War meant the definitive loss of freedom to the Papal power. You won't believe what pope Paul III did to the city of Perugia and how it has consequences until today !

Meet your local guide


Patrizia’s our archaeologist-turned-tour guide, who’s had so much fun guiding visitors around the green heart of Italy. Perugia's always ready to throw a surprise. Although the city's not very famous, it doesn't shy away from entertaining its visitors with its stories and breathtaking views. "Perugia during the Umbria Jazz festival is magical! Every day at noon, a New Orleans band marches up and down the main street to get people to dance and follow them to the different free concert venues. Lovely music, and magical atmosphere through the night!" she says. On her tours, you might catch a smatter of different languages - she's a polyglot who speaks 5 languages. "A funny incident was that on a very busy day, I was halfway through my tour in Perugia before it hit me that I was doing it in the wrong language and nobody had dared to interrupt me!" she laughs. “I always try to convey some typical Italian word or proverb ready to be used immediately. Normally by the end of the tour, everyone remembers it and who knows...continues to use it at home!” Her goal as a professional guide is still to surprise the visitors. She almost stumbled into the exciting space of guiding visitors around her city. When she was working as an archaeologist on excavation sites and museums, she enjoyed showing Perugia's beautiful landscape. "And then I got the chance to accompany groups throughout Europe, and decided being a guide was the profession where I could combine my different interests: history, languages and meeting people from all over the world," she quips. As Marcel Proust said: you don't always have to travel to new destinations but you have to look at them with new eyes.

Patrizia has been guiding since Mar 2001

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Perugia with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Perugia. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Alexandra M.

28 February 2021

I love Patrizia's tours!!! Just love how she is building up the stories, the tours, you can easily follow everything! Her knowledge is huge and you can ask anything she will give you the answer! ❤️ I've seen all of her tours you can found now on Virtualtrips, but definitely will come back when she has something new. :) Or just rewatch the recent tours!! Highly recommend tour guide! ❤️

veronica u.

25 February 2021

An amazing tour guide and story teller. Thank you Patrizia.

Cindy B.

25 February 2021

Fascinating stories from history centuries ago! Very highly recommended!

Sandra J.

25 February 2021

Patrizia brings Perugia to life! And her knowledge of history is admirable. A very entertaining tour!

Ian K.

24 February 2021

Excellent tour, great history. Thank you

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