Home of the Umbria Jazz Festival and the Eurochocolate festival, Perugia is a small city with a lot of personalities. Spread out over a hilltop, Perugia dates back to the Etruscan period with cobbled alleys that give a glimpse into the city’s rich history.
Things to do in Perugia
Rocca Paolina is a 16th-century fortress that lets you travel back into ancient civilization and imagine life in old Perugia. Head into the underground labyrinth of pathways to walk along ancient paths and learn about the city's history.
Piazza IV Novembre is the city's main town square with shops and restaurants lining the streets that lead off the plaza. It’s surrounded by historical buildings, including the Fontana Maggiore, a monumental medieval fountain, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Perugia.
For a dose of culture, head to San Lorenzo Church. This exquisite place of worship was built in the 16th century and has a unique design with a facade that faces away from the main square. Inside the church, you’ll find grand marble columns and the tomb of Pope Martin IV.
In the southern half of the town center sits the Cathedral of San Pietro. Founded in the 10th century, the cathedral is home to a magnificent bell tower and inner courtyard. Inside the church, you’ll find art donning its walls and delicate carvings in the choir stalls.
Getting around Perugia
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome is under three hour’s drive south of Perugia, while San Francesco d’Assisi Airport is 30 minutes away. Most of Perugia’s attractions sit atop the hill, but you can use the MiniMetro to reach the top.