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Perugia Things to Do

  • Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

    The first church on this place was built in the 9th century, above the remains of old Etrusco-Roman square. The same church was reconstructed during the 11th and 12th centuries, while in 1300 was decided to increase and expand its volume following the project of monk fra Brevignante. Brother Brevignante has made a project according to which the...

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  • Santa Croce or San Giuseppe

    Somehow confusing operates the fact that this church has two names, Santa Croce and San Giuseppe, because I don't see any link between this names. The church, on this site, was first mentioned in the document from 1107. It first belonged to the Order of Maltese Knights and then was assigned to the religious order of "Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro"...

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  • Fontana di Maesta

    Somewhere down the street Maesta delle Volte there is a fountain which perfectly fits into the environment. With its appearance and architectural style the fountain makes impression as it stands there for many centuries. I was surprised when I found out that the fountain was erected in 1927.

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  • Via Maesta delle Volte

    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...

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  • San Fortunato

    It is assumed that the church of San Fortunato dates from the Middle Ages, because there are no written records of its foundation. The present facade dates from the 15th century, and on it are still visible traces of the remains of an older church. In one document from 1163 it is mentioned that at that location stands paleo-Christian church, which...

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  • Santi Stefano e Valentino

    From the church Santi Stefano e Valentino, which dates from the 12th century, survived only the bell tower and apse. During the reconstruction works in the 14th century, the face of the church turned by 180 degrees. The interior of the church has two aisles, one is in Romanesque style and the other dates from the 15th century. Along its all western...

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Perugia Restaurants

  • Best in Perugia

    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...

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  • Best Typical Italian Cuisine With Opera...

    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...

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  • The world's best calzone

    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...

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Perugia Nightlife

  • Umbria Jazz 03

    The following weekend, from 18-20 July, there are concerts of:Roy Hargrove/Earth Wind & FireJames BrownKool & the Gang / Maceo Parkerat Arena Santa GiuliaJoao GilbertoBobby McFerrinBrad Mehldauat Teatro MorlacchiBil Charlap Elvin Jonesat Teatro PavoneIf by any chance in Perugia or its surroundings at that time, do not miss to see this concerts, you...

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  • Umbria Jazz 03

    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...

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  • Umbria Jazz 03

    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...

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Perugia Transportation

  • Train station to city center

    Take the Minimetro from the train station (Fotivegge, 100 m north of the station, walk on Binario 1 (plattform 1) until a dark red bridge) to the city center (Pincetto near Piazza IV Novembre), get the ticket from a vending machine at the entrance, € 1,50 valid also on city buses for 70 minutes.

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  • By car

    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...

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  • MiniMetro Perugia

    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.

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Perugia Shopping

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 4, 2005

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    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.

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Perugia Local Customs

  • City of many vaults

    The oldest part of the medieval Perugia consists of narrow streets and passages that are crosslinked with numerous vaults, and it is what that part of the city makes especially attractive and interesting for sightseeing. Some vaults have passageways, from one to the other side of the street, and our imagination immediately start running up. Whether...

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  • Cuban girl

    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...

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  • American girls

    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.

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Perugia Warnings and Dangers

  • Poor "Vespa"

    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?

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  • Not validating bus ticket

    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...

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Perugia Tourist Traps

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    by deebum25 Written Sep 27, 2008

    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.

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Perugia What to Pack

  • Some like it hot

    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...

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  • Earplugs!

    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...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Perugia Off The Beaten Path

  • Bishop's balcony

    On the wall of the Cathedral San Lorenzo, which overlooks the main square, is a small and richly decorated balcony which attracts the attention of passers-by. The locals colloquially called it "The Bishop's Balcony" but this is actually a pulpit dedicated to San Bernardini di Siena. A pulpit is composed of ancient fragments and cosmatesque...

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  • Monument to Pope Giulio III

    In close vicinity to Loggia di Braccio Fortebraccio stands an imposing bronze statue representing Pope Giulio III (Julius III, 1487-1555). The statue from 1555 is work of the famous Renaissance sculptor Vincenzo Danti, a native of Perugia. Pope Julius III is very popular in Perugia and in fact for most of the locals he is considered as a true hero....

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  • Portal of Palazzo Priori

    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...

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Perugia Favorites

  • Braccio da Montone - Loggia di...

    Braccio da Montone (1368-1424), better known as Braccio Fortebraccio, was the most famous "condottiere" of his time. The tittle of "condottiere" was ascribed to the leaders of the free professional mercenaries (warlords) who were contracted by the Italian city-states or Pope. Braccio and his family were expelled, first from the castle of Montone...

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  • Piazza Italia

    Piazza Italia is considered a real center of Perugia, it is where Palazzo della Provincia is situated, which is the administrative seat for the Province of Umbria. The palace was built in 1873, by the architect Alessandro Arienti, and was extremely demanding construction project. This very massive and large building was built over the medieval...

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  • Perugia in Umbria

    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...

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