is the heart of Italy and Perugia is its fulcrum. Situated in a dominant position the Umbrian capital safeguards precious jewels by the Griffon, a mythical animal, half lion, half eagle that since Medieval times was chosen as the city’s symbol.
Perugia is a splendid Medieval gem that reigned on an acropolis elevated 454 metre above sea level. Protected by a double Medieval Etruscan wall, this splendid city boasts an extremely beautiful historical city centre whose appeal remains unaltered. The Griffon’s city was born as an ancient Etruscan fortress, as proved by the walls and tombs that are still preserved in good condition. In particular the Etruscan Arch is the most monumental and best conserved of the 7 doors that lead into the city. It is the Medieval period that left the most profound mark on the city, especially with its city layout, masterpieces such as the Fontana Maggiore and the Palazzo dei Priori with its beautiful Sala dei Notari.
Lovers of good food
will be delighted by the numerous excellent trattorias that inebriate our senses with traces of truffles, and Norcia pecorino cheese. Let’s not forget about the chocolate! Perugia is the chocolate capital of Italy with its “baci” or kisses (dark chocolate treats with a hazelnut center). There is also Eurochocolate. This event, which takes place every year in October, has become the most important kermesse for chocolate in Europe for its number of exhibitors as well as visitors. The Umbrian capital is also internationally renowned for it entertainment. In July, Perugia becomes the center for the Umbria Jazz Festival. On the stages set up in various piazzas around the city, artists of caliber such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and many other have performed.
and Lake Trasimeno are just a short distance away for day trips.
Let Windows on Italy’s team show you the best way to vacation in a dynamic, international city, suspended in between Medieval times and today.