Sophisticated, passionate and stylish; three words you associate with Italy and Italians, and Perugia is the epitome of an entire nation. It´s essence is found in its blend of historical charm filtered with contemporary exuberance and with its enchanting hilltop position looking down into lush green valley’s, visitors even get some scenic eye-candy thrown in for good measure. And to round it off you can rent privately-owned Perugia accommodation. Explore the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways and you get to see Perugia the way you should see Italy. Friendly locals laugh and banter in the street, the aroma of rich tomato sauce for crusty pizzas or delicious pasta dishes hang in the breeze; a local student rings his cycle bell as he brushes past a wall of crumbling plaster. Then you find an artisan café and the smell of coffee draws you in.
With over 400 years of culture, Perugia is not short of fascinating museums, medieval churches and an assortment of stunning architecture, but it also has its head for heights firmly rooted in the present with edgy art galleries, bohemian bars and thriving clubs staging all manner of live performances. Much of the local life is centered around the main square of Piazza IV Novembre, where you will be charmed by the Maggiore Fountain and the dominating Duomo which is said to be the custodian of the virgin Mary´s wedding ring. Investigate the stylish shops and elegant restaurants in Corso Vannucci and explore the historical monuments of the 5th Century Roman temple of St Angelo together with and the imposing fortress Rocca Paolina built by Pope Paul the III before returning home to relax in your comfortable Perugia apartment.
When to go to Perugia
Perugia´s Mediterranean climate means hot, humid summers are fairly cold winters. The best times to go are spring and autumn which also affords you the added bonus of avoiding the busy crowds of July and August. The city though is beautiful any time of year, but due to its high altitude is often cold at night.
Getting to and around Perugia
The nearest airports are Rome, Florence and Pisa and the easiest way to get to Perugia is by train. Once in the city use either the bus or the over-ground metro service which runs daily or if on foot make use of the escalators from Piazza Partigiana that takes you up the hill and through the Rocca Paolina to Piazza Italia. It takes some of the load off.
Where to stay in Perugia
Hotels in Italy don´t come cheap, but there are plenty of stylish villas in Perugia available at HouseTrip.com. Not only do privately owned apartments in Perugia offer you an affordable option, you also have the opportunity to embrace Italian culture buying bread, olives and wine in the market. And what better way to dine than looking out across the city from the veranda in your home away from home. Holiday apartments in Perugia can be booked in a few as six clicks on HouseTrip.com.