Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the Tiber River runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria's petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centro storico (historic centre) rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi (mansions). History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel.
Back in the 21st century, Perugia is a party-loving, pleasure-seeking university city, with students pepping up the nightlife and filling cafe terraces. The hopping summer event line-up counts one of Europe's best jazz festivals. Together with its spiritual sister, Assisi, Perugia is a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019. Watch this space.
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Perugia destination guides
Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi
Discover all that the green Umbria region and its eternal cities have to offer on this private day tour from Florence. Accompanied by your own private English-speaking driver, enjoy personalized attention as you travel in style through Perugia. Admire the Maggiore Fountain, the gothic Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Town Hall within Palazzo dei Priori.
Florence to Rome by Bike
Cycle from Florence to Rome and explore the stunning countryside of Umbria