Official language: Italian
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
The city is known for its chocolate being produced in the Perugina Factory. It is very popular at home and abroad. There’s also the chocolate festival organized in Perugia.
One of the city’s main spots is Palazzo dei Priori. Legends have it that prisoners were supposedly thrown out the windows while their heads were spiked on the walls.
Every year, usually in July, one of the most important jazz festivals in the world takes place in Perugia. It has been held here since 1973 and lasts for 10 days.
Perugia is the capital of Umbria region, in central Italy. It’s situated tight between Lake Trasimeno (the largest lake of the Italian peninsula) and the river of Tiber. The first mention of the city dates back to around the 3rd century BC.
As with most cities in Umbria and Tuscany, the historic part of Perugia sits on a hill fortified by walls. Wandering through the narrow streets, you’ll come across the architectural gems, hidden in the most unexpected places. Many buildings will leave you astonished. They’re also tall enough to cast a shadow over the streets and protect pedestrians from the hot Italian sun. To find the highest number of examples of beautiful architecture, head to Piazza 4 Novembre.
In Perugia, there is the University for Foreigners. People from all around the world come here to learn or improve the language. As a result, Perugia developed into a city of international character. So, if you have ever dreamed of moving to Italy and practice the language in the native environment, Perugia would make the best choice for you.
One of the most surprising facts about Perugia is that there’s the second “city” underneath. The system of tunnels date back to the Middle Ages, however, the first passages were excavated already in ancient times. They had been forgotten for many years before being discovered and opened to visitors.
Are you into Italian cuisine? You’ll be spoiled for choice in Perugia. Among many places, La Bottega di Perugia at 4 Piazza Francesco Morlacchi is worth a visit. You can taste here great regional bites and excellent local wine. Another option is La Taverna at 8 Via delle Streghe, which – according to the customers – is the best restaurant in Italy. What you might also want to try is Taverna dell'Orso on Strada Sant'Egidio Civitella d'Arno