Perugia Holidays

The center of Umbria for thousands of years, Perugia (Roman Perusia) is still the region's capital. Filled with Italian and foreign students attending its main university or University for Foreigners (Stranieri), Perugia feels like a young city with an old soul. Walk down Corso Vannucci in downtown Peruia on a Thursday night or sit in front of the ... Read more
cathedral steps and you'll be drinking beer with university students, but wander down a side street, under a stone apartment perched like a bridge over a cobblestone street, and you'll feel like you're 500 years back in history. With the region's top art museum, Galleria nazionale dell'Umbria, a dozen hotels and a wide array of restaurants, Perugia is undeniably popular with visitors. However, to see Umbria's 'green' heart of the tourist slogans, head out into the small villages and rural wine routes.

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Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy, is perfect to visit in May, June, September and October. In July and August the temperature can reach 90F (30C) and the agriturismos are also the most crowded with a ... Read more
mix of Italians and mostly German tourists. Visit in the shoulder season, however, and enjoy the cured meats of Norcia, medieval hill towns, and scenic drives relatively undisturbed. November - April brings cold and rain, but can still be a good time to hole up in a vacation rental, light the fires and sample hearty Umbrian cooking.

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  • 7.8
    Art & Design Lovers
  • 7.1
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  • 6.7
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Our beautiful city, built by the ancient etruscans, is a gem and a must see, at least once.

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London

One of Umbria's cutest towns, and famous for chocolate, Perugia is also the closest city to the island. You can fly in from England, or take the train from Rome. Then, the best way to get to Isola Polvese is by car.

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Durham

While Perugia has gotten a lot of negative attention lately (Meredith Kirchner's murder, the Amanda Knox trial, an increase in drugs and crime), it still remains one of the quintessential Italian hill towns. Er, hill cities. While it's in the middle of the gorgeous Umbrian countryside, it's a city of 250,000 with a sizable soccer (calcio) team, a world-class art museum, lugubrious medieval architecture, and one of the largest university populations in Italy. There's a university for foreigners, so the foreign population is huge.

Oddly, restaurants in Perugia aren't fantastic, but you're here to see the art and architecture, and just wander the cobblestone streets. The Corso Vannucci strip in the center of town becames one giant open-air party as soon as the sun even considers peeking out. Thousands of folks sip drinks, stroll around and enjoy gelati all along the Corso once spring starts. There's nothing like it.

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Caprese Michelangelo

Perugia is just one hour from Casa Cappellino and is the capital of Umbria. It is the site of a famous jazz festival in the summer and is also known for it's chocolates.

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London

Most important city in Umbria, famour for its chocolate factories. It's an old middle-age city with the typical walls and narrow streets. The city center is on top of a hill from where you can see the sourrouding countryside.

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To continue your adventure tour leave your car at the parking at Piazza Partigiani and reach the centre crossing the “Rocca Paolina”, a curious and unique item: A barbican built ON the houses (200 houses were used) of the ancient nobles; inside look for the small museum (a room) on the right side - you will recognise- there is showed the unbelievable story. Take care because there is no indication about it. The Perousens hate this part of their history. For restaurants we recommend Cafe Perugia in Via Mazzini 10, closed on Tuesdays, tel 075 57 31 863, where you can eat outside, Il Falchetto via Bartolo 20, closed on Mondays tel 075 5731775, La Locanda Do 'Pazzi by Bride 1/6 tel 075 5720565 closed Sunday, all in the center, prices from € 20. Ice cream near Bata at gelateria Venezia.

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Melbourne

Perugia is a wonderful city, especially if you love steep climbs, since the city is essentially built on hills. Perugia is a commercial and industrial city, with a large university population. I liked the city immensely, but I would use the car more if I went back.

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Berlin

Maybe coming at the height of Eurochocolate was just a bad idea, but I found that I didn't like Perugia all that much. I'm used to crowds so it wasn't that, but after looking at all the mediocre chocolate stalls there wasn't much to do. I followed some advice of people who had loved it before, but for me nothing seemed to click. There were great views of the surrounding area, but I was relieved to get back on the train and head back to Assisi.

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San Diego

Sarah and I went along with some friends who were all about the EuroChocolat festival. Thank God we tagged along on this adventure!

The streets were completely packed full of people celebrating, tasting, and enjoying everything chocolate.

One of the great memories was watching sculptors use all their tools to chisel statues from blocks of chocolate, with thousand looking on at the scene, and hundreds working their way close to get some of the free chocolate that was cut away from the blocks. So wild!

Great and charming capitol city.

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Local from Assisi

my home town, with some of the most beautiful medieval architecture in Italy!

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