Perugia with its winding streets, its ancient churches and its thousand year old buildings is an authentic jewel of art and culture that still appears in the eyes of a visitor as a medieval village, surrounded by walls which make the city attractive and catapult the tourist in a timeless atmosphere.
From the National Gallery, rich in works of art to the Pozzo Etrusco, from the underground fortress of Rocca Paolina to Corso Vannucci, the street where life is concentrated, from the Major Fountain to the “Palazzo dei Priori”, with its beautiful gothic decorations, the city is a real open-air museum full of works and monuments.
In Perugia, is also one of the oldest universities in the country, actually founded in the early 1300, and the prestigious University for Foreigners, which each year attracts lovers of Italian language and culture from all over the world. Just the large number of students makes the city bursting with life at all hours of the day and night.
In Perugia, as well as in all Umbria there is also an ancient handicraft production that finds its highest expression in the ceramics of Deruta, in textiles, considered among the best in Italy, in glass, wood and goldsmithing. Another strength of the local production is the processing of chocolate, here borns the famous “Bacio Perugina” which made the city famous throughout the world. Recently it was even established a school dedicated to the art of chocolate, a meeting point for lovers of this “food of the gods”, desirous to become real “maîtres chocolatiers”.
Even the wine production is flourishing and there are wineries that export their wines in every corner of the world.
Among cultural events, Umbria Jazz music feast is undoubtedly the most noteworthy, each year it attracts artists such as Liza Minnelli, Sting, BB King and many others.
Perugia is also the ideal location for visiting Umbria, the city is the perfect starting point for exploring real gems such as Assisi, Gubbio, Spello, Todi, Orvieto, but it is also the perfect place to visit all of central Italy, in little more than an hour by car, train or bus you can reach some of the most beautiful cities of Italy such as Rome, Florence and Siena.
However, the perfect rail and road links make it possible to visit a destination a little more distant of north or south Italy such as Venice, Milan and the picturesque Lake Como.
Once you arrive in Perugia why stop and sttay in a hotel made of aseptic times, meals and standardized habits? Much better to opt for the total independence of a villa vacation rental home on your own, enjoy the freedom to choose your pace, eat in the taverns and restaurants, frequented by locals and feel a local;or cook your italian dinner at home. The Charming Villa Nuba cottages is the best choice in Perugia to relax with privacy in a old villa with garden and eco swimming pool and at only 15 minutes walking to the medieval heart of Perugia.