It took us about 2 hours to get to Perugia from the International Airport in Rome by car. The total distance was about 100 highway miles so it wasn’t too exhausting. One interesting thing about Perugia is that it’s the only region in Italy without a coastline and that has no boarders with other countries. It is also located in the geographical center of the country!
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Perugia is the capital both of the Umbria region as well as the Province of Umbria. The University of Perugia is one of the oldest and prestigious higher education institutions in the country.
Weather in Perugia
Perugia is located on top of the hill, so the humidity levels are slightly higher here. It feels cold during winter and spring months and it can get pretty hot during summer. The most comfortable months to stay here are May, June and September. I would also mention that late spring and early fall are more convenient because Perugia is not too crowded with tourists during these periods.
Perugia has a population of about 170,000 people. On the other side this area gets really packed by tourists throughout the year especially during high season. The number of tourists that visit Perugia annually gets close to 500,000.
Things to Do in Perugia
The capital of Umbria consists of two parts that are connected with each other using a small monorail train system.
Upper Perugia located on top of the hill is the historic touristic area. Lower Perugia is the residential area with modern buildings.
After arriving to Perugia you find yourself surrounded by medieval buildings with narrow streets that look like they have been carved out of stone.
Old town located on top of the hill has a number of observation points where you can overlook the beautiful Tiber Valley.
Piazza IV Novembre is the central square of old Perugia with a beautiful Fontana Maggiore (Maggiore Fountain) and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Cathedral) both built between 13th and 15th centuries.
Walking from Piazza IV Novembre along the main street called Corso Vanucci that has many small restaurants and shops will bring you to the Giardini Carducci (Carducci Gardens) where you will find another excellent observation point.
You can also walk up the stairs from the same square right to the Palazzo dei Priori (City Council). Today it’s considered to be the main museum in the region where you can see a number of paintings made by Perugino, Benozzo Gozzoli, Pintoricchio and other famous Italian artists.
Here is a short summary of the key points related to visiting Perugia:
- Overall Perugia is a great tourist destination that is conveniently located between Rome and Florence. In fact the distance to both of these cities is almost the same.
- Perugia is the capital of the region so it has a number of sight-seeing options worth looking at.
- The city is actually the central transportation hub of the region connected with the main regional highways. It’s easy to get there and then take any direction when you decide to continue driving.
Perugia Hotels: Our Stay at Primavera Mini Hotel
There are a number of options to stay outside the city and experience Italian agriturismo by living at one of the restored farm houses surrounded by nature. One of the big advantages of this option is free and easy parking. But we wanted to stay in the middle of everything and chose the hotel called Primavera Mini Hotel located in the center of Perugia. Getting there was quite extreme.
Even with our relatively small car it was sometimes scary to squeeze into the city’s narrow streets. The GPS signal was weak and we had a hard time locating the hotel.
Then the parking lot was really small, so make sure not to rent a bigger car if you decide to drive into any of the small towns.
Inside the hotel everything was in relatively good condition. It had all standard amenities and the bed was comfortable.
For 80 Euros per night Primavera Mini Hotel was a good option to spend a couple of nights in the heart of the city without overpaying.