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Spotlight on Perugia, Italy

Perugia is the capital of the Umbria region of Italy. It’s located by the River Tiber and lies about 100 miles north of Rome. With its famous universities, history dating back to the Roman Empire and annual cultural events such as the Umbria Jazz Festival in July and a Chocolate Festival (Eurochocolate) in October, Perugia has a lot on offer throughout the year.

Perugia Notte delle Stelle 2008

Perugia is well known for art. Pietro Vannucci (Perugino) taught the great Renaissance artist Raphael in the city, while Pinturicchi another great artist and the famous architect Galeazzo Alessi also lived here.

The Town Hall (Palazzo dei Priori) includes the National Gallery of Umbrian art with Renaissance masterpieces and works by Perugino, Duccio and Beato Angelico. The Chapel of San Severoa has a fresco by Raphael.

Piazza 4 Novembre

Perugia’s a great place to pursue a classical education. It has two main universities, the ancient University of Perugia and the Foreigners University for Italian language and culture. There’s also the Perugia Music Conservatory, the “Pietro Vannucci” Fine Arts Academy and the Umbra Institute for American students.

Must visits include the Cathedral of S.Lorenzo and the 16th century Church & Abbey of San Pietro. The 15th century Basilica of San Domenico is home to the tomb of Pope Benedict XI. The Church of Santa Giuliana has traces of 13th century frescoes.

Don’t miss the wonderful Orto Botanico, Perugia university’s botanical garden and make sure you take a stroll by the Etruscan Arch (Porta Augusta), rich in Roman character.

For nightlife, there are lots of bars and pubs near the main piazza, popular with the youthful student population of this lively city. Perugia is also an excellent base for day trips, with Assisi and Spello just a few miles away, while places like Montefalco, Bevagna, Orvieto and Gubbio are easily accessible by train, bus or hire car.

Photo credits: John Spooner, Michele Benda, Chris Yunker, Annabel Symington,

Karen Bryan

As well as writing about travel, Karen Bryan offers tips on saving money, frugal living and how to live well on less, on her site Help Me To Save

Posted : Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 11:00
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