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Perugia is the capital of Umbria, one of the most beautiful provinces in Italy! It’s hard to believe a city of this size would become the ultimate travel destination among Italian and international travellers who are on the lookout for cheap air tickets to Perugia. Etruscan and Roman monuments have the place they deserve on the city’s skyline, around which the modern city thrives as a major educational and artistic centre of Italy. Dancing to the jazz rhythm you’ll find in summer festivals, Perugia is an artist’s paradise, a nice alternative to the great Italian giants of tourism and a budget-friendly idea for a city break. Organise your trip and plan your accommodation in cheap hotels in Perugia and get ready for an unforgettable gateway!
Perugia dominates Umbria, looming over the province from its 495-metre-high location on top of a hill. A city where museums and churches are possibly more than houses, Perugia has retained the best attributes that make it stand out for the past 400 years.
Founded as an Etruscan settlement in the 1st century BC, it was conquered by the Romans in 40 BC; monuments and remnants of both periods can be noticed all around the city.
Perugia’s ancient walls and gates are surprisingly well-preserves and, in some cases, they seem as though they’ve been untouched by time!
Perugia has a strong ancient character, particularly visible across its northern part, but an equally strong modern character as well. The streets of Perugia are bustling with young people, artists, intelligent and inspired people that will make your stay in Perugia a very interesting experience.
Add to this the amazingly delicious Italian food – who doesn’t know the “Baci” chocolates? – and you have the perfect destination for a city break!
The international airport of Perugia (Aeroporto Internazionale dell'Umbria – Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi) is located 20 kilometres east of the city centre and can be reached by bus and taxi.
You can get around Perugia by bus and railway. Fares start at 1.50€ and minimum taxi fare costs 2.60€.
The best way for you to explore Perugia is by taking one of the most popular walks (passeggiate) of Italy, at the famous Corso Vanucci. Allow plenty of time to walk around and get lost among the locals, enjoy a fine espresso at one of the pretty little cafes you’ll come across and absorb the true Italian feeling of Perugia.
Corso Vannucci connects Piazza Italia to the elegant Palazzo dei Priori.
The Palazzo dei Priori is Perugia’s city hall, built in 1920 and further developed in 1443. This is where the Collegio del Cambio and the Galleria Nazionale dell’ Ubria are housed, both of which are well worthy of your time and attention.
The other façade of the Palazzo dei Priori sees the Piazza IV Novembre, at the centre of which you can sit by a beautiful fountain. The Fontana Maggiore was designed by Fra Bevignate in 1278 and was crafted by Pisano father and son.
The sculptures of Fontana Maggiore depict scenes from the Old Testament, the foundation of Rome, as well as everyday life scenes of the locals. The ultimate highlight is, of course, the statue of the Griffin of Perugia.
A few more steps and you will reach a monumental fortress. Once named Palazzo della Provincia, it’s now known as Rocca Paolina and is a place of great historical importance to Perugia.
Back in 1540, Perugia was the last remaining free city in Italy. When it was finally defeated, Pope Paul III, in an attempt to demonstrate his dominance and establish his rule over the once rebellious people of Perugia, he decided to build a gigantic fortress. An entire district was brought down to the ground, to make room for the fortress and the demolished houses were used as building material.
From then on and for another 300 years, Rocca Paolina would be the ultimate symbol of the Papal rule in Perugia.
The official language of Perugia is Italian.