Top attractions in Perugia
7 things to do in Perugia
The capital city of the province of Umbria, Perugia is a city in central Italy with a long Etruscan history. Whether you come to Perugia to experience jazz in the summer or sample chocolate at the Eurochocolate festival in the fall, don't miss the lush history of the city.
1. Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria
The Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria is an art historian's paradise and is certain to evoke a great ardor for the school of Umbria--an important school of painting in Italy.
2. Palazzo dei Priori
The Palazzo dei Priori is one of the oldest communal gathering grounds in Umbria. Stop by and take in the view, the architecture, or a treat from the market in the center.
3. Perugia Cathedral
One of the oldest churches in Perugia, the cathedral has beautiful frescos and even a garden. Guided tours are often given by monks and are an excellent way to get to know more about the featured sculpture and artwork.
4. Collegio del Cambio
You absolutely can't miss the Collegio del Cambio where you can see some works of the master painter, Pietro Vannuci, who went by the nickname Perugio. A must see for any fresco fanatic.
5. San Domenico Perugia
The San Domenico Perugia has a beautiful facade. Plus, the church is conveniently located just ten minutes from anywhere in the old city.
6. San Bevignate
Commissioned by the Templars, San Bevignate is a 13th century church. Keep in mind, there are no photos allowed so the only way to see the San Beivignate is to pay a visit.
When you're in the mood for a day trip from Perugia, take a trip to Topino River. Just 15 miles outside Perugia, the river was made famous by Dante and flows into the Tiber.
Planning Your Visit
What to eat in Perugia?
When you're sightseeing in Perugia and you've worked up an appetite, make sure to sample some Torta al Testo, which is sweet or savory bread and translates to "cake on a tile." Perugians eat their torta with a variety of vegetable and meat fillings, similar to a sandwich.
How to get around Perugia?
The easiest and quickest way to get around Perugia is on foot. The historic city center and old town are located about ten minutes from each other. If you want to travel further outside the city, take a local bus or hire a taxi.
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- Best time to visit
- The best time to visit Perugia is between June and September, when the weather is warm. The summers won't get warmer than the high 80s, so pack light! December and January are the coldest months, with temperature approaching 30 degrees.
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What people are saying about Perugia
Our day in Umbria with Maurizio was the highlight of our trip to Italy! We visited Todi, Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio and he took scenic routes throughout the day, stopping at some spectacular spots and commenting very knowledgeably about the area in general -- he is from here. He gave us as much time was we needed/wanted in each place - it was a perfect arrangement. He is a terrific driver (his car is beautiful and comfortable), has a great sense of humor and is sensitive to what his clients are interested in -- he listens. We truly enjoyed his company! HIGHLY recommend!
Tour was beautiful , spiritual and memorable!
Caludio picked me up at hotel and we headed to Basilica Di S Francesco and all the other incredible major church sites. As a Fransican this was a trip of a life time. Claudia was attentive yet most respectful of my moments of deep reflection , prayer and sheer joy. We had a beautiful lunch in the central square P.zza Del Commune, and headed towards Spello for a refreshing gelato. A wonderfull experience! Victor
Wonderful day, fabulous guide, would use this service again.
Our guide listened to our interests and tailored our tour to meet them. He was very knowledgeable about the area and made great decisions regarding places to visit. He was one of the best guides we have used. We can't thank him enough for a great day.
What a wonderful experience spending time with a local family and friends enjoying a meal and community. Everyone was welcoming and treated us a special guests.
Well informed, friendly guide. Adjusted to our slower pace. Provided in-depth info about Perugia, just what we wanted.