Perugia Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 85%Art & Design Lovers
- 80%Green Travelers
- 76%History Buffs
- 74%Business Travelers
- 69%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (29)
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Aug 21, 2013
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.
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersWellness+ 1May 25, 2013
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.
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Dec 07, 2012
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.
- PerugiaDec 01, 2013
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.
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
Perugia is not such a big city, built over some hills. The historical center is really nice, with interesting spots and some nice restaurants to go. However, in my opinion, the city becomes really fascinating during the annual jazz festival. It is also funny to go during the 'chocolate fair'..... Chocolate and candys everywhere. As a matter of factPerugia is famous for its chocolate industry ( Perugina). Perfect for a weekend.
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
I spent a week here and loved the atmosphere of everyday Italian life mixed with the energy and international flow of the university and it's students. I would go hang out by the central fountain to meet my new friends and watch the world go by. I also loved the underground escalator that goes through an archeological excavation. Oh, and don't forget to eat some Perugina Baci chocolates!
- PerugiaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jul 04, 2012
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.
- PerugiaJul 04, 2012
Capital of the Umbria region, Perugia goes back to the Roman Empire. Starting from Piazza IV Novembre one might take long walks and visit the historic center in a day if not less. If therefore, the interest for its art is stronger than architectural sightseeing walk, you might need some more time to visit and appreciate its culture. Perugia was the hometown of very famous Italian painters such as the Perugino (from Città della Pieve) who was teacher to Raphael; another great painter from Perugia was Pinturicchio.
Nowadays, Perugia is very famous for its chocolate and the well-known chocolates of the brand Perugina. The delicious chocolates called Baci became a trademark of the city and the flavor of the Baci became also a ‘gelato’ flavor every good Gelateria should have!
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