Perugia is a city in the Italian region of Umbria. It has an important university that attracts many foreign students, 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.

The Piazza IV novembre, the central piazza of Perugia, with the Fontana Maggiore in the middle

Get in

By air

The Airport in Rome is three hours away (see the By bus section for transportation) and Milan's Malpensa airport about 7 hours away. Perugia has a small regional   airport (IATA: PEG, ICAO: LIRZ), with connecting service to Milan and flights from London and Barcelona on Ryanair. A little further away, Pisa and Bologna are served by low cost European airlines.

By train

The   train station is in the valley, a few kilometers from the centro storico (historic center) of the city. You can take the Mini Metro railway, a local bus or a taxi from the station. From Rome to Perugia by train is only €10.50 if you take Treno Regionale, otherwise it's double.

By bus

Buses from Rome Fiumicino Airport depart from the lower level parking area at regular intervals (3 hours, 20 €). (NB: Many of the buses in the Tourist Bus Parking area are privately hired, and are not available to the general public. Some buses, such as the Sulga, may appear on the upper levels of Terminal C, but do not be concerned; they will arrive at the scheduled time in the lower level parking area. Be sure to check timetables online or elsewhere before arriving to be sure of departure times.)

By car

Perugia is just off the A1 autostrada that runs from Rome to Milan. Approximate travel times are Rome 2.5 hours, Orvieto 1 hour, Milan 6 hours, Florence 1 hour. Perugia is also accessible from other parts of Italy by car via the Autostrada.

Get around

Perugia's MiniMetro

Perugia is a large hill town. Most major attractions are at the top of the hill in the Centro Storico (historic center). It is almost impossible to access the Centro Storico by car unless you have a confirmed hotel booking. Even outside the very centre you will drive very slowly over the many cobblestoned one-way streets and may very well end up driving around in circles several times as traffic signs are very confusing. You are best advised to do as little driving as possible, and get around on foot. The main car park for tourists is at Piazza Partigiani. From there you can take a series of escalators (hopefully most of them will be working!) up into the old town. There are lots of interesting things to see on the way up as the route was dug through the Rocca Paolina, a medieval citadel. More details about car parks (in English) can be found at Small buses also go to the top. The railway station is, inevitably, some distance from the hilly center, but buses are easily available.

In 2008 Perugia opened its MiniMetro. This is a small, driverless train that every two minutes or so takes you from a car park (Pian di Massiano) near the football stadium or from the main station to the center of town; a single ticket is €1.50 as of May 2012. However, if you are planning a night on the town. note that these trains stop running at around 21.00.

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.


Underneath Perugia
The Sala dei Notari in the Palazzo dei Priori
Tomb of Pope Benedict XI in San Domenico.



Fresco by Perugino and his student, Rafaello Sanzio (Raphael) of the Trinity and Six Saints, San Severo Chapel

For most tourists, the center, or downtown, of Perugia will be the most rewarding place to eat either lunch or dinner. The main street 'walk' begins at the Piazza Duomo at the Fontana Maggiore and ends with a dramatic view that showcases the city's churches and the Umbrian countryside. There are many dining options along this street. The last hotel on the right hand side (  Hotel Brufani) before reaching the viewpoint offers five star accommodation and regional dishes, specializing in legumes and fantastic olive oils. At the other end of Corso Vannucci, just to the right of the cathedral, is a charming pizzeria, La Mediterranea.

Located on the historic Via Volte della Pace lies La Botte pizzeria. La Botte operates from 12-3 and 7-11 and offers a variety of local pizzas for in restaurant dining or take-out. At 3.50 Euro for a take-out pizza, La Botte offers one of the best deals in town for those on a budget.

You definitely have to go by Dal mi Cocco, a traditional Perugian restaurant.

For dessert, the gelato at   Gambrinus, on Via Bonazzi 3, just off the opposite side of the Piazza is delicious with a great many flavours. Or continue down the road past the pizza shop, and down the winding street. When you come to the end, turn left and walk down the road through the historic apartments until you see the ducal palace which is now the Universita' dei Stranieri di Perugia. On the right side of the street is a delightful chocolate shop which serves freshly made chocolates as well as an assortment of gelato—the chocolate flavours are fantastic.



Etruscan Gate (Arco Etrusco)

Go next

Perugia provides a good base for exploring central and northern Umbria, including Assisi. You can explore Umbria's medieval towns by day and enjoy Perugia's nighlife by night.

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