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  • Perugia Area

    Perugia Area
    An Historic Hilltop City

    The capital of Umbria in central Italy, Perugia is a picturesque hilltop city, with expansion also leading to further settlement in the surrounding valleys. It lies about a hundred miles north of Rome and is crossed by the river Tiber. With origins in Etruscan times, the city has a long and interesting history. It is a thriving centre for arts and culture and has been home to several famous painters throughout the ages, with the university dating back to medieval times.

  • Exploring the Historic Centre

    Exploring the Historic Centre
    Perugia’s old town on the hill was not designed for cars, so visitors are advised to leave their wheels behind and take public transport wherever possible. The streets are narrow, winding and cobbled, with confusing street signs for drivers! Park up at the Piazza Partigiani and from here you can take the escalators up the hill. You could also catch a bus or the MiniMetro, a small, frequent tram that runs from the Pian di Massiano car park, but the trams stop at about nine in the evening. Once in the city centre, it’s easy enough to get around on foot, though some hills are quite steep.

  • Travelling through History, Above and Below Ground

    Travelling through History, Above and Below Ground
    While many of Perugia’s attractions lie above ground, there is another, hidden, world underneath the cobbled streets and bustling squares. Taking to the escalators, you can journey through the ruins of the 16th century fortress of Rocca Paolina. The stronghold was actually built on top of the older medieval streets, which can also be seen as you travel through this other Perugia.

    Check out the Etruscan city gate of Porta Marzia and the Etruscan Well, or Pozzo Etrusco, both dating from the 3rd century BC. The medieval fountain of Fontana Maggiore, meanwhile, is a symbol of the city’s independence adorned with saints, astrological signs and biblical scenes, and the splendidly Gothic Town Hall, dating from the 14th century, features the city’s griffin emblem. Just strolling around you can stumble on all kinds of interesting streets, cobbled paths and steps, and historic remains.

  • Discovering Art, Culture and the Spiritual Life

    Discovering Art, Culture and the Spiritual Life

    The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, opposite the Town Hall, dates from about 1490. Look out for the remains of the old bell tower, the medieval Justice Stone and the external pulpit. If you like old churches, be sure to also check out the Gothic San Domenico down the hill and San Pietro, which has a nice bell tower and many fine artworks including some by Perugino, Caravaggio and Raphael.

    Considering the importance of the area as a centre for the arts and culture, Perugia has many art galleries and museums to discover. The National Gallery of Umbria is situated in the Town Hall and is open Tuesdays to Sundays. It’s a great place to appreciate the works of notable artists from the 13th to 19th centuries, including Pietro Perugino, Giovanni Pisano and Benozzo Gozzoli.

  • Other Towns to Visit in the Province of Perugia

    Other Towns to Visit in the Province of Perugia

    Two places you really should visit in the Perugia area are Gubbio and Deruta – both wonderful medieval towns; Gubbio, formerly the capital of Umbria, can be found at the foot of Monte Ingino. The Palazzo dei Consoli located on the north side of the Piazza della Signoria is an amazing Gothic structure, believed to have been built around 1332 and is an incredible sight; due to the slope of the terrain, it is constructed on raised, arched substructures.

    Moving on to Deruta, which is famous for the production of Majolica, the beautiful and collectable hand-painted pottery and ceramics. If you intend to purchase this amazing pottery - and once there, you will not be able to resist - a good tip before leaving home is to buy and pack bubble wrap. It takes up no room or weight in your case and will save hours of wasted time hunting around Italian shops trying to buy some. Deruta also offers some amazing ancient buildings and artefacts, but you must visit the art gallery where there is a spectacular fresco by Perugino from 1476, which depicts San Romano and San Rocco.

  • Authentic Umbrian Cuisine

    Authentic Umbrian Cuisine
    Like any great Italian city, Perugia has a superb culinary tradition and doesn’t lack for places to sample authentic regional dishes. The green and fertile lands of Umbria are filled with olive groves and vineyards, while fields and forests roll gently into the distance. The food is warm and honest, with meat, notably game and pork, playing a central role. Slow roasted and cured meats such as salami are popular, while truffles add autumnal flavour and full-bodied wines accompany any meal. Perugian specialities include porchetta, a slow-roasted pig stuffed with garlic and herbs, and torta al testo, a flatbread stuffed with sausage, greens and dry cured prosciutto ham. Tomato and pasta dishes abound here, often featuring the distinctive thick spaghetti and with meaty porcini mushrooms for flavour, as well as dishes with the region’s famous lentils.

  • Eating Well

    Eating Well

    With Italians having such a reputation for their passion for food, Perugia is a great place to soak up this love of life. Head to central Perugia for lunch or dinner – start at the Fontana Maggiore and wander down the main street, the Corso Vannucci, towards a stunning viewpoint at the end. There are also many bars and shops along the route. Recommended restaurants along the Corso Vannucci include the Hotel Brufani, notable for its speciality legume dishes, and La Mediterranea, a delightful pizzeria - be sure to arrive early if you don’t want to queue. Also well worth a visit is Dal mi Cocco, a restaurant serving up fresh, traditional and well-priced fare – again it’s quite popular, so booking ahead is recommended. Other good options for local cuisine include Osteria Il Gufo, Osteria del Gambero, Locanda degli Artisti, Del Sole, Settimo Sigillo and Orto del Frate.

  • Indulging your Sweet Tooth

    Indulging your Sweet Tooth

    It’s not just meat and other savoury delectables that the Perugia Area is famous for. Perugia is also home to the Perugina confectionary company, founded in 1907 and manufacturers of fine chocolates, nougat, biscotti and other sweet treats. Best known are the Baci chocolates made with finely chopped and whole hazelnuts. There’s a great little chocolate shop just by the Universita' dei Stranieri di Perugia, while Gambrinus Centro serves up delicious gelato.

    Today, Perugia also hosts a week long chocolate festival every October, one of the largest in Europe. Book accommodation in advance if you’re heading to the city at this time. You can sample all kinds of chocolate treats from around the country, attend classes on various themes and enjoy chocolate sculpted exhibits.

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  • General information


    Please note that there are traffic restrictions in Perugia for non residents without permits. It is therefore much easier to park in one of the towns car parks and take the escalator or elevator up to the centre.

    Escalator opening times

    From Piazza Partigiani to Piazza Italia
    06.15 – 01.45 (winter) 06.15 – 03.00 (summer)
    From Via Pellini to Via dei Priori
    06.45 – 01.15 (winter) 06.45 – 02.00 (summer)
    From Piazzalle Europa to Piazzalle Bellucci
    07.00 – 22.00 (winter) 07.00 – 02.00 (summer)
    From Piazzale Bellucci to Corso Cavour
    07.00 – 22.00 (winter) 07.00 – 02.00 (summer)

    Elevator opening times

    Galleria Kennedy to Mercato Coperto
    07.00 – 20.30 (winter) 07.00 – 00.30 holidays and pre holidays (winter)
    07.00 – 03.00 (summer) weekdays, holidays and pre holidays (summer)

    Parcheggio “Mercato Coperto” to Terrazzo Mercato Coperto
    06.00 – 02.00 everyday

  • Museums / Festivals


    National Gallery of Umbria
    Corso Vanucci, 1
    Fax: +39 0755741400
    Open daily 9.00 – 13.30 and 15.00 -19.00
    Sundays 9.00 – 13.00 
    Closed 25th December, 1st January and the first Monday of each month
    Entrance fee charged

    Palazzo Priori
    Open Monday - Saturday 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 19.00
    Please note that it is often closed on winter afternoons
    Entrance free of charge

    Museio Archeologica Nazionale dell’Umbria
    Piazza Giordano Bruno, 10
    Tel: +39 0755727141
    Open Tuesday – Sunday 08.30 – 19.30
    Monday 14.30 – 19.30
    Entrance fee charged


    Sagra Musicale Umbria (Holy Music Festival)
    Association Sagra Musical Umbria
    Via Podanai, 11
    Tel: +39 075 5721374
    Fax: +39 075 572 7614

    Jazz Festival
    Umbria Jazz – Perugia
    Piazza Dante, 28
    Casella Postale 228
    Tel: +39 075 5732432
    Fax: +39 075 572 2656

    Perugia Classico (Classical Music Festival)
    Comitatio Promotore
    Perugia Classico
    c/o Commune di Perugia
    Ripartizione XVI
    Economia e lavoro
    Via Eburnea, 9
    Tel: +39 075 577 2253
    Fax: +39 075 572 4252

    Festival of Chocolate
    Eurochocolate Organisation
    Via D’Andreotto, 19
    06124 Perugia
    Tel: +39 075 573 2670
    Fax: +39 075 573 1100

    If you will not be in Perugia during the October choc fest you could always take a trip to the Perugina Chocolate Factory on Via San Sisto approximately 2km outside of the town where they have tours of the factory and tastings! Tel: +39 075 527 6796 Monday – Friday 08.30 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 17.00.

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