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Perugia: A Beautiful and Charming Capital City of Umbria

Updated on July 21, 2020
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When I was young, I used to study in Perugia, Italy. Here are some photos that I have taken while I was a student there.

Stunning view of Perugia.
Stunning view of Perugia.

Perugia

Perugia is one of the beautiful cities I have been to in Italy. I first came to Italy after I scored a scholarship to study Italian Language and Culture at the University for Foreigners Perugia (Università per Stranieri di Perugia). I was over the moon because it was my first trip abroad. During my time there, I lived with an Italian lady or Signora. She lives alone, so she decided to rent three bedrooms to students who were looking for a room to stay.

Perugia a rustic hill town known for its ancient medieval streets, old castles, and fortresses of charming villages. I remember on my way to university, I stopped by an old family's owned cafe to buy a delicious chocolate croissant and a cappuccino. Located in the center of Italy, Perugia is a lovely medieval city. It is rich in history and art. In the meantime, the landscape is embellished by the intense green of the vegetation, hills, and mountains.

How to Get Here

Perugia is about five hours away by train from Rome. There is a train service that is connected between the airport to the main railway station in Rome called Roma Termini. By the way, I prefer traveling by train while I was in Italy. It is cheap and it is the best way to enjoy the gorgeous scenery in the country.

Perugina Chocolate

Have you heard or eaten "Baci" chocolates? Baci means kisses. It is one of the biggest export of Perugia to the world. As a student, I was fortunate to visit the factory with my other classmates that were organized by the university. They forbid us to take a camera inside the factory as they don't want their secret of making the famous chocolate shared to the public. However, we were allowed to get a discount on the chocolate that we bought from there.

Tourist Destination

Perugia has a different atmosphere from many Italian towns. The capital city of Perugia dates back to the Etruscan period and is known as a major site of learning, with an established foreign university (University for Foreigners Perugia) that has up to 34,000 students. The city's symbol is the griffin, and you can walk around spotting it on numerous buildings and statues.

One of the best things about Perugia is approximately equidistant from both Florence and Rome. I remember visiting Florence with my classmate on the weekend. We decided to take a train from Perugia because it's convenient and cheap. If you are coming from Florence, there are regional trains every couple of hours from Florence to Perugia, so you don't worry about booking the seat in advance.

When you were a student, taking a train or bus is the right thing to do if you wanted to save money. Plus, taking a train is the best way to travel because you get to see the beautiful panorama of Italy. I did the same when I was visiting Rome with a friend. We took a train from Perugia's main station to Roma Termini.

I miss Perugia. The last time I was there was in 2010. I hope one day to come back here with my husband.

Here are some tips when ready to travel by train:

  • You can visit the website at https://www.trenitalia.com/ (affordable choice) to check the schedule and book the ticket.
  • Studying the schedule and noting departure and arrival times is still the best way to determine the duration of your train trip.
  • Don't forget to validate your train ticket before boarding on the train. Failure to do so, there is a higher possibility you will be getting a fine.

Here are some other places to visit near Perugia:

  1. Assisi
  2. Gubbio
  3. Città di Castello
  4. Castiglione del Lago

  5. Spello
  6. Orvieto
  7. Todi
  8. Bevagna
  9. Norcia
  10. Trevi

My Photo Collection of Perugia

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Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia). I remember taking these steps while running errands the city.
Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia). I remember taking these steps while running errands the city.
Arch of the Aqueduct (Arco di Via Appia). I remember taking these steps while running errands the city.
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Il centro or the center. This is where located the main churches, buildings, stores, cafes, museums, and galleries.
Il centro or the center. This is where located the main churches, buildings, stores, cafes, museums, and galleries.
Il centro or the center. This is where located the main churches, buildings, stores, cafes, museums, and galleries.
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I remember walking by these beautiful green trees alongside the road.
I remember walking by these beautiful green trees alongside the road.
I remember walking by these beautiful green trees alongside the road.
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A vespa parked by the roadside. A very common sight seeing in Italy.
A vespa parked by the roadside. A very common sight seeing in Italy.
A vespa parked by the roadside. A very common sight seeing in Italy.
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A must-try while you were in Italy. You can't get wrong with a cup of latte or cappuccino there.
A must-try while you were in Italy. You can't get wrong with a cup of latte or cappuccino there.
A must-try while you were in Italy. You can't get wrong with a cup of latte or cappuccino there.
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A huge and intricate decorated door of Palazzo dei Priori. One of the principal building in the center.
A huge and intricate decorated door of Palazzo dei Priori. One of the principal building in the center.
A huge and intricate decorated door of Palazzo dei Priori. One of the principal building in the center.
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Anywhere you go in Perugia, you will meet numerous arches. On my way to university there is The Gate of San Pietro, also known as "Porta Romana" (Roman Gate).
Anywhere you go in Perugia, you will meet numerous arches. On my way to university there is The Gate of San Pietro, also known as "Porta Romana" (Roman Gate).
Anywhere you go in Perugia, you will meet numerous arches. On my way to university there is The Gate of San Pietro, also known as "Porta Romana" (Roman Gate).
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Fontana Maggiore. The centerpiece of Piazza IV Novembre, in Perugia. The griffin is the symbol of Perugia and the lion that of the Guelphs, the medieval faction that supported the pope against the Holy Roman Empire.
Fontana Maggiore. The centerpiece of Piazza IV Novembre, in Perugia. The griffin is the symbol of Perugia and the lion that of the Guelphs, the medieval faction that supported the pope against the Holy Roman Empire.
Fontana Maggiore. The centerpiece of Piazza IV Novembre, in Perugia. The griffin is the symbol of Perugia and the lion that of the Guelphs, the medieval faction that supported the pope against the Holy Roman Empire.
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The houses in Perugia.
The houses in Perugia.
The houses in Perugia.
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Gelato or ice cream is one of the best treats in the world. You can find tons of ice-cream shop in Perugia too.
Gelato or ice cream is one of the best treats in the world. You can find tons of ice-cream shop in Perugia too.
Gelato or ice cream is one of the best treats in the world. You can find tons of ice-cream shop in Perugia too.
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The famous export of Perugia to the world is Baci or kisses chocolate.
The famous export of Perugia to the world is Baci or kisses chocolate.
The famous export of Perugia to the world is Baci or kisses chocolate.
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A beautiful scenery of a sun rise in the morning.
A beautiful scenery of a sun rise in the morning.
A beautiful scenery of a sun rise in the morning.
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A cup of cappuccino and a croissant is a perfect breakfast in the morning.
A cup of cappuccino and a croissant is a perfect breakfast in the morning.
A cup of cappuccino and a croissant is a perfect breakfast in the morning.
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An entrance to the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (National Gallery of Umbria).
An entrance to the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (National Gallery of Umbria).
An entrance to the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (National Gallery of Umbria).

Map to Perugia From Rome

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Rome, Italy:
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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Perugia, Italy:
Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      You're welcome, Peggy. I bet your husband loves Italy too. My experience in Italy was so beautiful, and I don't think I would forget it. It was one of the wonderful times I had. By the way, I hope you will get an opportunity to visit Perugia, Peggy. Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for introducing the town of Perugia to me. My husband has traveled to Italy twice, but it has yet to be a travel destination for me. I enjoyed hearing about your experiences there, and thanks for the photos. I hope you get to return there with your husband.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you, MG Singh. I really appreciate your comment :)

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      MG Singh 

      7 weeks ago from Singapore

      This is a nice informative article. Great introduction to a place I have not been.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Wow, so you were in Perugia in the '90s. How cool was that? I feel Perugia is always a special city for me. I wish to go back there next year with my husband. Let's hope we can travel as usual soon. Thanks for dropping by, Robie :)

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      Robie Benve 

      7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Perugia is a very charming and unique medieval city, I'd love to go back there sometime. I really enjoyed staying a few days back in the 90s.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Aah, I wish you have had stopped at Perugia! You would love this city very much. Baci chocolate is a popular souvenir that you can find in Perugia. I remember when I was just about to leave the city, I bought a lot of them to bring back home to my family and friends. Everyone loved it. Thank you for your lovely comment on the article, Nella. I really appreciated it.

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      Nella DiCarlo 

      8 weeks ago from Guelph, Ontario

      I really enjoyed your article on Perugia, sounds so charming to visit. We did an Italy tour last year, and it is one of the towns we passed by (but didn't stop at) We were told some things about it by our guide, including the Baci chocolates.. This brings back nice memories of a beautiful country and the smaller towns that have lots to offer

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      One day, you've got to visit Italy, Linda. I still have a bunch of photos in my hard drive. I'll be sharing more photos from my Italian studies trip. Surprisingly, when I moved here, I found some stores selling Baci chocolate. It makes me very happy! During this hard time, traveling seems quite impossible but, I hope things will get back to normal so, we can see the world again. Thanks for commenting, Linda.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed looking at your photos. I'd love to visit Italy. I see Baci chocolates where I live, but I've never tried them. I'll buy some the next time I discover the brand.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 months ago from USA

      Last year my husband and I talked about traveling to Italy but, we canceled the trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Perugia is my favorite city to travel every time I plan a trip to Italy. After my first trip in 2004, I went back again in 2007, 2009, and 2010. I think I won't get tired of this gorgeous and tranquil city. I love the ambiance and the people there. Thanks for your engaging comment, Liz

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      You have definitely put Perugia in the spotlight in your informative and reminiscent article. It sounds like you had a great opportunity to study here. I appreciated your great photos too. It's good to travel virtually like this through your memories at a time when travel is so restricted.

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