October. What a great time of the year. Summer has been and gone. The nights are drawing in. The weather is getting cooler. But most importantly it’s almost Halloween, which means that theme parks and attractions across the land are opening their doors in the evenings to scare people witless at their scare events.

There has been a growing trend over the years where scare attractions seem to be popping up here, there and everywhere. Some build on their popularity year on year, others dwindle and disappear like ghosts in the night (see what I did there)!

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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.

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The AcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a structure that turns heads and certainly divides opinion. Standing as the tallest sculpture in the UK at 114m, the Orbit was designed by Turner Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. The twisted red metal structure stands next to the Olympic Stadium and was constructed in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with an 80m high viewing platform providing 360° views across the city of London.

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