The Roman Guy has just recently visited this beautiful little town while going farther up north to buy a Golf Cart for our city tour. We had quite a few adventures along the way and would like to recommend some places for anybody that will venture to take a trip here. Here is the “Visit Perugia: a Complete Guide”.
Perugia is located about 164 kilometres (102 miles) north of Rome, and 148 km (92 miles) south-east of Florence. It covers a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area. The region of Umbria is bordered by Tuscany, Lazio and Marche.
The history of Perugia goes back to the Etruscan period. Perugia was one of the main Etruscan cities. The city is also known as the universities town, with the University of Perugia founded in 1308 (about 34,000 students), the University for Foreigners (5,000 students), and some smaller colleges such the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” (Italian: Accademia di Belle Arti “Pietro Vannucci”) public athenaeum founded on 1573, the Perugia University Institute of Linguistic Mediation for translators and interpreters, the Music Conservatory of Perugia, founded on 1788, and others Institutes. There are annual festivals and events: the Eurochocolate Festival (October), the Umbria Jazz Festival (July), and the International Journalism Festival (in April).
Perugia is a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve near Perugia. He decorated the local Sala del Cambio with a beautiful series of frescoes; eight of his pictures can also be admired in the National Gallery of Umbria. Perugino was the teacher of Raphael, the great Renaissance artist who produced five paintings in Perugia (today no longer in the city) and one fresco. Another famous painter, Pinturicchio, lived in Perugia. Galeazzo Alessi is the most famous architect from Perugia. The city symbol is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city.
Since the history of the city goes back to ancient Roman times, there is a nice mix of Ancient and Renaissance sights to see. The main road of the city is Corso Pietro Vanucci which is the real name of the famous painter Perugino whose student was Raphael. On this street you will find many outside cafes, restaurants and museums while eventually leading up to the Cathedral of the city. Since it is a University town, there are many bars in the area and at night time the place fills up with students who like in any town want to party the night away. One more thing to mention is the chocolate factory Perugina which is located here. They make the internationally famous Baci chocolate so you can even go to the factory and try out some of the goods! So if you want to visit a very authentic Italian town with picturesque views, good food and wine and that nice laid back Italian atmosphere, than Perugia should definitely go on your list of places to visit.
The Roman Guy definitely needs to eat well and so we are always on the hunt for awesome places to eat. We asked around and everyone told us that the best place to go was La Taverna. It definitely lived up to its reputation. While we were waiting for our table the chef/ owner Claudio came outside and started chatting us up in perfect English. They have a nice area for outdoor seating and the meal was delicious. We highly recommend it to anyone who will be in Perugia and wants some excellent food.