INTRODUCING PERUGIA

Wander through the historic centre down cobbled streets, under stone archways and past palazzos. Soak up the Italian sun while sampling Baci hazelnut chocolate 'kisses'. Or indulge in glorious works of art in the many museums, galleries and artists' workshops of the city. Finally, watch the sun set over the hills while sipping a glass of Umbrian wine and dining at one of Perugia's many Michelin-recommended restaurants.

A culturally rich historic city set high above the Umbrian countryside.

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HISTORY

A living museum itself, Perugia hosts a combination of ancient Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance influences. Stroll through picturesque streets to the city's main square, Piazza IV Novembre, to see the imposing 13th-century Fontana Maggiore fountain, the Gothic cathedral and beautiful stone reliefs. Travel back in time at the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria and marvel at ancient Etruscan remains and opulent Hellenistic gold and bronze tomb treasures.

ART & CULTURE

Easily escape the hot sunshine by slipping into Perugia’s numerous galleries, workshops and museums. Let the cheerful guides of the Moretti Castello Stained Glass Workshop show you around this 15th century artist's studio, and admire the stunning frescoes hidden inside Perugia's Exchange Guild. Don't miss a visit to the National Gallery of Umbria.

FOOD & DRINK

Indulging in Italy’s rich culinary offerings is easy in Perugia.  Local specialties include black truffles, olive oil, chiuscolo sausage and savoury cheese bread. And Umbria is known for its light Orvieto Classico white wines. Spend a relaxed evening sampling delicious local cuisine before retiring to your luxury retreat.

Brave July's heat to visit during Umbria Jazz, a world-renowned jazz festival hosted in Perugia each year.

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