is the capital city in Umbria
. It is a major center of medieval art, has a stunningly beautiful central area
and is home of the Umbria Jazz Festival. The city is a major producer of chocolates. It can be reached by air, Rome
is three hours away and Milan's Malpensa airport about 7 hours away. There are frequent bus and train services too. Accommodations range between rural vacation rentals, condo rentals and more luxurious villa rentals and apartment rentals.
Perugia is a large hill town.
Most major attractions are at the top of the hill in the Centro Storico (historic center). Within the central area getting around on foot is best, although some of the hills can be a bit steep and you will need to be fit. The great benefit of such a hilly town is that villa rental, condo rental, apartment rental, vacation rental and accommodation options have spectacular views over the town and surrounding area.
is very popular tourist attraction. The escalators from the lower town lead up through the remains of Rocca Paolina which was a 16th-century fortress. This was built on top of medieval streets, which were used as foundations, and before coming out into daylight at Piazza Italia you go through some of these medieval streets covered with brick ceilings when the fortress was built. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, attraction, has an unusual layout for Italian churches in that the side rather than the front entrance faces the main square.
Many accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals, villa rentals and apartment rentals reflect the artistic history of Perugia.
There is probably no city in the world that better rewards the casual explorer in the sheer variety of its streetscapes
. You can walk along the Via delle Volta della Pace, which follows the Etruscan city wall, but is now wholly arched over by a Gothic portico. You can stroll along cobbled streets with the small steps that only Italians seem to master. The wide, traffic-free Corso Vannucci, is what really makes Perugia. You can loll with the students from the International University on the steps of the Cathedral at one end or amble down the Corso to sit on a bench at the other end and look over Umbria's hills as the sun sets. You can also simply soak in the Italian atmosphere from the balcony of your vacation rental, villa rental, apartment rental, condo rental or people watch from your Perugian accommodation.
Perugia provides a good base for exploring central and northern Umbria,
. You can explore Umbria's medieval towns by day and enjoy Perugia's nighlife by night. The Umbria area hosts some fabulous, authentic Italian villas and lodging.