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Things to do in Perugia

Things to do in  Perugia

Welcome to Perugia

Capital of the rustic and rural region of Umbria, Perugia surprises with its stately architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere—the latter fueled by two local universities. The medieval center is a time machine, transporting visitors back centuries with its Escher-like maze of alleys and staircases winding past Romanesque churches and Gothic palaces. When night falls, however, the city zips back to the 21st century and its cafés and squares fill with a rolicking mix of students and locals. The city is especially animated each July during Umbria Jazz, Italy’s top jazz festival.

Top 3 attractions in Perugia

Lake Trasimeno (Lago Trasimeno)

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With its placid waters lined by rolling vineyards and olive groves, Lake Trasimeno (Lago Trasimeno) is one of the most picturesque corners of Umbria and a popular day trip destination. Take the ferry to one of the lake’s three islets, relax on its beaches, or explore the lakeside towns of Castiglione del Lago and Passignano sul Trasimeno.More

Fontana Maggiore

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Set in Perugia’s elegant Piazza IV Novembre, the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore is one of the most important examples of medieval sculpture in Italy, and a symbol of this hilltop city. Built between the cathedral and Palazzo dei Priori, the intricately carved pink-and-white marble fountain is a highlight of the historic center.More

Collegio del Cambio

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Set in Perugia’s gothic Palazzo dei Priori, the 15th-century Nobile Collegio del Cambio was once the seat of Perugia’s exchange guild, the most powerful in the city during the Middle Ages. The Collegio’s three magnificent halls are lavishly decorated with frescoes by Perugino and others, a testament to the guild’s wealth and influence.More
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A local’s pocket guide to Perugia

Rebecca Winke

Assisi-based writer Rebecca lives just up the road from Perugia, and she heads to the hilltop old town at least weekly for the fab dining, live music, and boutique shopping.

The first thing you should do in Perugia is...

wind your way through the underground medieval streets of the Rocca Paolina that connect the Piazza Partigiani parking lot and bus terminal to the heart of the old town above.

A perfect Saturday in Perugia...

begins with a treasure hunt through the Piazza Italia antique market (last Saturday of the month) then a sun-drenched al fresco lunch along the main Corso Vannucci. As night falls, pick a club for jazz, rock, and everything in between.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the National Gallery inside Palazzo dei Priori, a bite-sized museum that hides a surprisingly excellent collection of works from the 13th to 16th centuries. Pause in the clock tower for the view of downtown from behind the clock’s face.

To discover the "real" Perugia ...

get lost in the maze of medieval streets that stretch from the cathedral in every direction. The Porta Sole and Distretto del Sale neighborhoods are especially captivating, with local eateries, independent shops, and semi-secret music clubs.

For the best view of the city...

grab an aperitivo-hour table at Punto di Vista, a cocktail bar set atop the ancient city walls. As the sun sets, the view is tinged a rosy pink from the rooftops of Perugia to Assisi across the valley.

One thing people get wrong ...

is judging Perugia by its modern suburbs. From the outside, Perugia looks like a poster child for 20th-century urban sprawl. Once you get past the ring of modern apartment blocks, you’ll find that its medieval heart is perfectly intact.

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