Perched on a hill, Perugia is the capital of Umbria and a university city home to a thriving international student population. The city is also a centre for arts and culture in Italy, drawing people with annual events like Eurochocolate and the Umbria Jazz Festival.
The walled city of Perugia is home to ancient structures spanning several significant eras in history, including the Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance periods. You can take a walk along the historic city walls and see the monumental gates that are still standing, such as the impressive Etruscan Arch. A stroll around the cobbled streets of the city centre will introduce you to most of its landmarks, starting with the Piazza IV Novembre. This lively square is dominated by the sculpture-studded Fontana Maggiore and flanked by Gothic structures like the Palazzo dei Priori and the Perugia Cathedral. A short walk away is the San Severo Chapel, adorned with a beautiful fresco by Renaissance master, Raphael. Also worth exploring is the Rocca Paolina – a maze of underground passageways and vaulted ceilings that are the remnants of a medieval fortress.
Italy is synonymous with delicious food, and Perugia is no exception. The Umbria region is famous for its truffles, and sampling this gourmet delicacy is a must when in Perugia. Try it with eggs, added generously to a creamy pasta or freshly shaved on a pizza. Make sure to pair it with a glass of local wine for the complete experience.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.09|
|Average weekend price||$96 per night|
|Average weekday price||$101 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Perugia is the best place we've been in so far for Etruscan art, especially funerary art, with the possible exception of the Etruscan Art Museum in Rome. Make sure not to miss the Hypogeum of the Volumni. The sacred art was also distinctive and very interesting. I particularly liked the National Art Gallery, which had multimedia resources to make the visit more instructive and rewarding. Umbrian food is also great, we ate there best of all cities in this visit. Even cheap wines are tasty, and make sure to try the chocolates, too. Al mangiar Bene and Trattoria Mangiafuoco were highlights, especially the former. Moving around the Perugian historical centre is easy, just be prepared to go up and down a fair bit. If you're lodging outside the centre, the minimetro and urban buses are easy to get tickets for - all hotels and tabaccherie ("tobacco shops") sell them. However, bus stops have poor instructions about times and routes, and even finding the right place can be hard. Some stops are only for getting off, not for boarding, so that can be confusing, too. All in all, the city is a big plus to visit in all Italy trips that have time to do more than the absolute trivial (Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice etc.).
Nice university oriented town but only need 1 day here. Many more interesting & quaint towns in the Umbria area in which would be more worthwhile to stay. Recommend a Very good truffle based restaurant: Al Tartufo.
Perugia is an beautiful ancient city. Parking in the parking areas is comfortable, from there it easy the walk the steepy pavements to the city. It has good restaurants and there are enough ancient spots.
Perugia is a hidden gem in the heart of Italy! The old town was magnificent and loved all the meandering streets to get lost on. The aqueduct was very cool and the views from the top of town at sunset were stunning. This would be a great place to have an extended stay and explore the Umbria region more. Can't recommend enough!
Perugia is steeped in history and an absolutely beautiful place to be! I did a walking tour from the Doumo and it was well worth the 25 Euros. I stayed at Hotel Fortuna which is fantastic value for money.
Nice vibrant city with beautiful architecture and nice bars and cafes. A little dirty but this kind of added to the charm. It was hot when visiting, would like to return in spring or autumn when a little cooler.
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