Perugia is the capital city of the Umbria region in central Italy. The eastern section of the province of Perugia is located on hills whilst most of the rest of the region lies along the valley of the River Tiber and its tributaries. Perugia is well known as a medieval hill town of Gothic palaces and jazz cafes. It is an intensely colorful place with some of the most authentic medieval streets in all of Europe.
Perugia is also one of Italy’s greatest art cities. It produced and trained some of Umbria’s finest artists including Gentile da Fabiano, Perugino (Pietro Vanucci) and Raphael. The city is also famous for Perugina – a purveyor of Italy’s finest chocolates. This company is famous worldwide for its delicious chocolate kisses called ‘Baci’.
Perugia is a university town with two main universities: the University of Perugia founded in 1308, the University for Foreigners and some smaller colleges like the academy of Fine arts founded in 1573, the Perugia University of Linguistic Meditation for translators and interpreters and many others.
Perugia is a large, lively and cultural city with many historical buildings, interesting streets and famous festivals. The most famous events that are held in the city include chocolate festival which takes place in October every year and the Umbria Jazz Festival which is held every July since 1973 and is one of the most important jazz festivals in the world.
Province of Perugia contains one of the most spectacular natural lakes in Italy. The most famous of them include Lake Trasimeno and Lake Como. The landscape of the area is picturesque with vivid greens, rolling hills and pretty hilltop villages. There are lots of medieval palaces, castles and fortresses in the city which are worth to be seen.
Even though Perugia is located in central Italy, it experiences a humid subtropical climate similar to much of Northern Italy. There is adequate rainfall year round and mild differences between high and low temperatures.
Location: Umbria region
Nearby sights: Rocca Paolina, Old Town, Piazza IV Novembre
How to get there: Take a bus from Perugia airport to the center of the city
Nearby hotels: Relais Dell’Olmo, Borgo Dei Conti Resort, Hotel Signa