09.07.2018 - 20.07.2018
Perugia is a city located in central Italy and precisely in the Umbria region. Its old core is situated on a hill. It is a city of art and a university town. Its university was founded in 1308. There is also a university for foreigners in Perugia.
I spent several days in Perugia last june. I think I choose it as base because it is easy to do lots of day trips from there; both by coach or by train.
Perugia is the location for two important events; the Umbria Jazz and the Eurochocolate. The first is a series of jazz music shows. These are held on various places outdoors or in some theaters. Lots of shows are free of charge. The Eurochocolate is an event about chocolate. I can 't tell anything about it...I am sorry...I suppose there are several stands with chocolate at various places in the city. If you are not in the city during Eurochocolate you can visit the Perugina factory. This is located not far from Perugia. Perugina produces chocolates and other fod products. Part of it is also a museum. You can learn how to make chocolates there.
Piazza IV novembre is Perugia' s main square. Here you can see part of the cathedral and part of Palazzo dei Priori. This palace was the seat where the town cuncilors used to meet. It was built between the XIII and the XV centuries. Today, part of this large building is the town hall. On the third floor of this palace the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria is housed. This is a very rich art collection with paintings, statues and lot of other art works. Inside Palazzo dei Priori there are also two rooms that belonged to two Medieval guilds.
Between the Palazzo dei Priori and the cathedral you see a very large fountain. This is the Fontana Maggiore. It is carved with panels depicting astrological signs, months of the year; Aesop' s fables and mytical monsters. It was made between 1277 and 1278.
There are several view points in Perugia where you can enjoy great landscapes!
As you can see from this picture many steets in this city are quite steep. Be prepared to suffer a bit if you like to explore Perugia' s old core properly!
Here you can see via dell' acquedotto (acqueduct street). It was made over an ancient acqueduct.
I explored Perugia a lot and I also visited some churches and a couple of museums. One of the most important museum in this city is undoubtly the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria. Here you can see lots of ancient art works.
Saint Severus' chapel is a small gem. This chapel is part of saint Severus' church. Inside it was frescoed by two painters; Pietro Vannucci AKA Perugino and Raphael. Raphael painted it between 1505 and 1508. Perugino completed it in the 1521.
I seldom go outside in the evening when I am on holiday. I use to walk too much and I usually am very tired at the end of the day. One evening, after a nap I decided to go for a stroll (I had to buy something as well). I took some pics and I enjoyed Perugia at night. I liked it a lot.