Perugia is the capital, and largest hilltop town in the Italian region of Umbria. A university town dating back to the Etruscan period, the collection of piazzas, archways, cobbled streets and steep stairways in the historical centre create a level of charm that is typically Italian. It’s a vibrant town that hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year including the Umbria Jazz Festival in July and the Eurochocolate Festival in October. Why I didn’t choose to visit during this time, I have no idea. Rookie traveller error!
We stayed in Perugia for two nights as part of a wider trip exploring Umbria (click the link if you would like a recap). With an airport on the outskirts of town having direct flights back to the UK, it seemed like a great idea to finish off the trip at this location.
Our base was the unassuming Hotel Fortuna housed in a 14th century building, hidden away on a narrow side street just off the Piazza della Reppublica. A great location actually, only a few minutes walk onto the main pedestrianised street, Corsio Pietro Vannucci. We had a top floor room with a terrace overlooking what seemed like all the rooftops of the town.
Our days were mostly spent meandering around the streets, stopping off for food and drinks along the way and of course taking photos. I’ve included a collection of my favourites in this post.
The main focal point of the town is the Piazza IV Novembre, a lovely piazza with a fountain surrounded by stunning buildings.
Much like many of the other towns in Umbria, we found that Perugia was a maze of narrow streets and archways, almost every corner that you turned offered another picturesque vantage point.
Being located on a hill, there were steps. Lots of steps! But it was always worth walking up and down these steps, as yet again they always offered more and more beautiful views. One of my favourite views of the town was from the Via dell’ Acquedotto, a steep pathway leading up to the Piazza IV Novembre which passes under the archway as shown in the photos below.
There was an interesting contrast between some of the buildings, where some were brightly painted whilst others nearby looked like they had been untouched for decades!
There is always time for some people watching in towns and cities.
The hilltop location also offered up some fabulous panoramic views of the surrounding valley.
In summary, I would definitely recommend Perugia as a stopping point for a couple of days during a visit to Umbria. It’s an interesting town with plenty to see and great selection of cafes and restaurants.
Hotel Fortuna, Via Bonazzi 19, 06100 – Perugia (IT)