Travel Guide: Perugia, Italy

The moment you arrive in Perugia it almost feels like time travel. The city is steeped in history, from 13th century Gothic cathedrals to cobblestone streets. More recently Perugia has welcomed modern additions, like new restaurants and boutiques, while still maintaining its historic charm.

What to See

Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia
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Start your historical journey through Perugia at the Piazza IV Novembre. In the medieval period, this was the political centre of Perugia and it remains the city’s historic center. From here you are a short walk to Palazzo dei Priori, a beautiful Gothic palace that was constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries. It was formerly the headquarters of the local magistracy and now it houses the city’s main art gallery, where you will find renaissance paintings and frescoes.

What to Do

Eurochocolate Festival, Perugia
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There is so much more to do in Perugia than peruse historical architecture. If you visit in the summer, don’t miss the Umbria Jazz Festival. This is has been one of the leading festivals in Europe since 1973 and continues to draw tourists every July. In the fall Perugia gets even sweeter with the Eurochocolate Festival or the International Chocolate Exhibition of Europe. Discover the different flavors of chocolate from cultures around the world, and admission is free!

Where to Stay & Eat

Hotel Brufani, Perugia
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At the end of Corso Vannucci, the city’s main drag, you will find the beautiful Hotel Brufani. Choose from the 94 elegantly styled rooms with sweeping views of the countryside. The basement features a level glass bottom pool that exposes ancient Etruscan ruins. With numerous cafes throughout Perugia, you simply can’t go wrong. For an extra special dinner, choose Il Postale, the only Michelin Star restaurant in the city. Inside the intimate storybook stone castle there are only four small tables that serve a modern menu inspired by local fare.