The Frontone Gardens are a historic green area in Perugia, located in the Borgo XX Giugno or Borgo Bello district, adjacent to St. Peter's Basilica.
The park consists of four parallel avenues adorned with ancient trees, symbolizing the antiquity and importance of the place, which converge into an amphitheatre.
From a piazza of arms to a piazza of love
Today it has become a meeting space and a venue for concerts, events and film festivals, but in an earlier time, around the 13th century, the place was the centre of one of Perugia's greatest passions, the popular game of sassaiola: a playful battle activity between citizens using actual stones. Later, from a parade ground for military exercises known as Piazza d’Arma under Braccio Fortebraccio, it became Piazza d’Amore under Braccio Baglioni. In the 15th century the amusements changed, the warlike games were replaced by new pastimes, such as the palio race, tournaments, and numerous festivals.