Introducing the city

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Beer £4.48 | 5.00 €

Main Course £13.43 | 15.00 €

About Perugia

The hilltop city of Perugia is home to historic streets and panoramic views - we hear the food's pretty good too. In the heart of Italy's rustic region of Umbria, this medieval city has a lot to offer history fans, wine lovers and hungry travellers.

Dieters look away now. Fairy-tale Perugia is not for the foodie faint-hearted. Set in the middle of the Umbrian hillside, this central Italian town is full of ancient steep streets, medieval churches and some of the best cuisine in Italy (a bold statement we know).

The lush rural countryside that surrounds the town offers spectacular views; it also produces wonderfully delicious, seasonal fare. Black truffles, tangy Pecorino cheese, Norica prosciutto and wild game stews are just some of Perugia’s famous dishes. And then there’s the multi-award winning wines and chocolate…

It’s not all food however; this postcard-perfect hilltop city is also home to museums (including the National Gallery of Umbria), a Roman viaduct and old town complete with cobbled streets and 14th century cathedral. Add the lively student bars and wine-tasting cellars and you’ve got yourself a traveller’s happily ever after. You may have to roll back down the hill after dinner though.

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When should You Visit?

May and June have mostly sunny days and fewer crowds than the peak summer months.

Perugia has mild Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and mild to cold winters (due to its high altitude). The coolest month is January with an average temperature of 5 degrees Celsius and the warmest month is July at 24 degrees Celsius; November has the most rainfall.

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Travioor top tips

City Card
Explore
Cookery Class

Insider Info

  • The Perugia City Museum Card (available from the tourist office) give access to the city’s main museums plus discounts in shops and restaurants.

  • Use the outdoor escalators which traverse the city's hills – the ones in the lower town pass through the remains of Rocca Paolina, a 16th century fortress.

  • For a taste of Umbria, enrol in a cookery class. You’ll get to cook what you eat, support local farmers and learn tips from the pros.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.43 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £44.76 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £1.21 | 1.35 €

Beer £4.48 | 5.00 €

The Scene

Umbrian cuisine is what many people think of when they imagine Italian food; hearty, wholesome and handmade. There’s quite a big emphasis on seasonal, rustic delicacies, known locally as cucina porvera (meaning ‘poor kitchen’). In reality, it’s anything but. Norcia black truffles, wild asparagus and fava beans (often dressed with Pecorino cheese and local olive oil) are just some of the popular menu staples. The region’s favourite pasta dish, strangozzi, is also a popular favourite, as is pappardelle alla leper (wild hare ragu). Umbria's wine is also worthy of merit; famed for its crisp whites, vineyards also began producing hearty reds in recent years, including renowned Montefalco. Finally, you'll probably want to sample some locally produced chocolate; Perugia is one of Italy's biggest producers.

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History

Perugia’s Story

An ancient Umbrian settlement, Perugia was first mentioned in history as Perusia – one of 12 confederate cities of Etruria - and then again in 200 BC when the region twice helped Rome during the Punic Wars. After this, it is hardly mentioned again until the 9th century.

By then, it had become one of the main cities of Umbria and by the 11th century had developed a fiercely independent spirit, warring with neighbouring Spoleto, Siena and Arezzo. Several popes used Perugia as a refuge in the subsequent centuries but it wasn’t until 1860 that Perugia (and the rest of Umbria) became part of Italy.

Language

Ciao | Hello
Grazie | Thank you

Italian

Italian is the official language spoken in Perugia, although some people also speak English. Major tourist attractions and guides are generally available in several languages. You may find the following Italian phrases useful if you’re interacting with locals.

  • Bye: Ciao
  • Please: Per favore
  • Excuse me: Mi scusi
  • Do you speak English?: Parla inglese?

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • There are trains to Perugia from other towns and cities (including Rome). Take the slower, regional (treno regional) if you want to save money.
  • Give up the car in the historic centre – tiny streets and pedestrianized squares make it nigh on impossible.
  • The city is very hilly; not great for those who have difficulty walking – hop on the MiniMetro, a driverless train which travels from the main car park to the centre of town.  

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. National Gallery

Housed in a large Gothic building from the 1300s, the National Gallery of Umbria is home to an incredible selection of Italian paintings.

2. Corso Vannucci

Get lost in the historical centre – wander by the Roman aqueduct, follow the Etruscan city wall or amble along pedestrianized Corso Vannucci.

3. Umbrian Food

Eat like an Umbrian: There are some good options around Piazza Duomo and many trattorias offer excellent fixed price menus.

4. Nightlife

Drink with the local students and sample the region’s wine; try the bars around Via del Forno.

5. Cathedral

Admire the Cathedral of San Lorenzo which has Roman foundations and Renaissance features.


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