Good museums, excellent exhibits of art and culture, not tacky, upscale shopping
A lot of criminality, an unsafe town
Perugia has it all- well worth a visit
The Church of San Filipo Neri is the most important and the only authentic Baroque building in the town. The Vignola-styled facade dates back to 1665 and was designed by Roman architect Paolo Morucelli, while the church itself was built tetween 1627 and 1634. With its barrel vaulted single nave and lateral chapels, the interior is richly decorated...more
San Bernardino da Siena stayed in Perugia five times during the first half of the 15th century. The Saint influenced greatly the life of the town and this fact is proved by the reform of the statutes - STATUTA BERNARDINIANA - and by the spread of the devotion to Jesus Christ's name, testified by three letters IHS, inscribed on many architraves.more
The grandiose fortress built by the will of Paolo III Farnese in record time between 1540 and 1543, occupied the area of the heavily populated medieval quarter where the houses of the Bglioni family stood.It was erected under the guidanceof the archirect Antonio da Sangallo il Gionave, through a system of spurs and casemats for its five levels with...more
Piazza Metteoti, originally known as Piazza del Sopramuro, was built in the second half of the 13th century over a very steep area just outside the old Etruscan walls.The square is supported by walls built against the cliffside, from which is original name derived (Sopramuro translates as above the wall).The works were directed by Fra Bevigna, also...more
At the beginning of the street, which is situated a foot of Piazza IV Novembre, there are still remains of a vaulting that supported a hall of the medieval Palazzo della Podesta, destroyed by fire in 1534.Red and white striped arch is all that remains of the Gothic portico of the 14th century Maesta delle Volte Oratory. This was replaced by a...more
What a wonderful view from the top of a beautiful hill overlooking Umbria. The rooms were spacious...more
We stayed at hotel "Park", which is four stars hotel on outskirt of the town. Our Umbria Jazz...more
The people were nice and the location was fine, but the walls were paper thin and I could hear...more
This is probably the best restaurant of Perugia. Unfortunatelly, I don't remember the name of it but you cannot miss it because it is situated in the heart of the old core of the town, right on the Piazza Maggiore. We have trusted in the weither's suggestions, il primo piatto; spaghetti al olio e pepperoncino, ilsecondo: orata grillata (was...more
The old Italian Salsamenteria inspired by the late-century inns, which offered the "tasting salami and Parmesan specialties, accompanied by live classical music and the choirs of the guests" The tradition of Verdi's land comes close to the Conservatory and Piazza in Italy '150 th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy: in the heart of the historic...more
Hot. Footsore. Put out because we missed the museums. So we stagger into this splendid restaurant whose air conditioning is set at Stun. Lots of white tablecloths; it looks a little too elite for our plebeian tastes. We are shown to a table up a winding, frescoed stairway but the waitress is actually assigned to tables below and we eventually...more
Friday, July 11 was the opening concert at Arena Santa Giuliana with magnificient artists:Keith JarrettGary PeacockJack DeJohnetteand of course, the concert was sold out.It was incredible experience listening "in vivo" this artists who performed excellent music. There was a crowd of about 20.000 people of all ages, but mostly the young ones, and...more
There are few festivals that do not show the signs of the passing years, the freshness of their youth transforming into a tired routine, but-again miraculously, Umbria Jazz is a full of life as ever: it is famous, admired, at times criticised, but whatever it is it is a festival that cannot be ignored.There are free outdoor concerts, every day, all...more
Perugia is easy to get to by car from both Rome (176 km) and Florence (158 km). From the northern part of Italy, Milan, Bologna or Florence, you take the Autostrada del Sole and exit at the Val di Chiana toll gate. Then after passing alomg the shores of Lake Trasimeno, you quickly arrive in Perugia. Coming from Rome, you exit at Orte. By car from...more
Discovered that the MiniMetro is the best way to get into centro during the day, but it does close about 9 PM and I learned the hard way that in the morning it doesn't open until 7AM. Luckily the bus arrived at the nearby bus stop at 6.03AM to take me to Perugia rail station for my train to Rome.more
The city fathers in the metro area in which I reside should see Perugia's Mini Metro. It is a city project well done.Those who arrive at the train station will find a metro station just outside the front door. The Mini Metro is the fast and easy way to go up the hill to Perugia's old city center. These small (about 20-25 passengers) rail coaches...more
My husband and I both love music and we frequently have fun exchanging our favorite CDs and music. Naturally, I had to pay a visit to a CD store in Perugia, particularly since we were there during the Jazz Festival. And since it was the opening day of the Jazz Festival, I decided it was appropriate to buy Umbrian jazz CDs.
What to buy: I am 1 for 2. On recommendations of the store staff I bought a "High Five" CD and a Tonolo CD entitled "Farfalle".
The High Five CD was catchy, fun, and I thought the musicians were very talented. I have listened to this CD many times since arriving back home.
The Farfalle CD was slower, somewhat repetitive and more new age. On the plus side, Tonolo and his group are local musicians from Perugia. I probably need to listen to it a few more times to really appreciate it. But then again, maybe not.
What to pay: One CD cost 15 Eurodollars.
There are more then ten thousands of students in Perugia, coming here to study Italian language. Real cosmopolitan enviroment here.This beautiful and always smiling girl comes from Cuba, earning some extra money as a contemporarily waiteres in the cafe-bar on the main sqaure of the town.Oh, we just couldn't stop ordering our drinks again and...more
What a pleasent surprise right in front of the Tempio di San Angelo. One of the most significant monument of the medieval Perugia and this beautiful nowadays girls..., what a combination!The Temple is pretty far from the town centre, especially if the hot summer day, but I was rewarded properly.more
My first Saturday morning esspreso after long jazzy&wine night was just delicious. Then I saw here seating on the table next to mine, she was so young, fresh looking and very beautiful. I just couldn't resist not to take the picture, and when I told here what is the purpose of it, she agreed about. I didn't ask for name but it is not important, she...more
This is what might happened to you if parking your "Vespa" outside the city walls of Perugia. I've took this picture at Borgo XX Giugno, which is situated in between Porta San Pietro and Chiesa di San Pietro. This area might be considerate as the outskrt of the town.I wonder what was the look of the guy's face when he come back on the spot?more
I've read a number of silly people stating that you shouldn't bother to validate your bus tickets because you'll never get caught blah blah blah well I'm here to tell you differently. I've visited six different parts of Italy and my husband and I have become very adept at using the bus lines. Only twice have we taken a bus and not been boarded by...more
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At some point you'll end up at the market on the waterfront in Perugia. The handbags and shoes are outrageously priced and it's expected that you'll bargain hard if you want them. Of course the fresh farmer's market is in the same place so it can get a little crowded. Watch your valuables.
Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the...more
The hotel provides a lovely set of toiletries, shower cap, bath gel, shampoo, conditioner, shoeshine (we are in Italy after all) sponge, and moisturizer in travel sizes. Some parts of Perugia can be very noisy. Our hotel room window opened out over the street and a restaurant so without earplugs it would have been very difficult to get a decent...more
Palazzo Priori has beautifull stone carved doorway which looks alike portal of some important cathedral. The interiors of the palace houses today Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, the most important collection of art in Umbria, from the Medieval to the Modern period. At the ground floor there are Sala del Collegio del Cambio and Sala del Collegio...more
Umbria is one of the smallest regions of Italy (8456 sq.kms) and is the only one whose boundaries do not touch the sea. The population of Umbria is just over 800.000 inhabitants which is evenly distributed troughout the region. There are only two provincial capitals, Perugia and Terni, however, there are also many large towns and places of great...more
One of the most impressive buildings in Perugia is the Palazzo dei Priori, the town hall built in medieval times. Construction began in the 13th century, and expansions were added in the 14th and 15th centuries. If you have the opportunity, go inside and take a gander at the spectacular Sala dei Notari, with its frescoes and murals.more
Perugia was inhabited by the Umbrians and the Etruscans before it came under the control of Rome (c.310 B.C.). It became a Lombard duchy in the late 6th century A.D. In the 12th century it became independent. After that point in time, it gradually gained control over other Umbrian cities. Perugia was ruled by strong tyrants until 1540, when it was...more