Picture this: A winding road, the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, travelling through the Italian countryside, a journey of discovery that never fails to impress. Our destination is Perugia, an ancient city nestled in the heart of Italy's Umbria region.

On my first trip to Perugia, I remember driving up the hill towards the city. The sun was just setting, casting a warm, golden glow over the landscape. I could see the stone walls of the city, centuries old, standing sentinel over the surrounding countryside. It was a sight that took my breath away and that was just the beginning!

Where to stay

In terms of accommodation, Perugia offers a wealth of options. I stayed at the Hotel Brufani, a five-star gem located right in the centre of town. Every morning, I woke up to the sound of church bells echoing through the streets, the smell of fresh Italian coffee wafting in from the kitchen, and a view of the city that was nothing short of magical. It was an experience I'll never forget.

Piazza IV Novembre
Piazza IV Novembre
But the beauty of Perugia is not confined to its hotels. The city itself is a living, breathing museum, filled with stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture. Start your exploration at Piazza IV Novembre, the heart of the city. It's here that you'll find the grand Palazzo dei Priori, an ornate Gothic-style palace. I remember standing in front of it, awestruck by its magnificence, its intricate facades telling stories of a time gone by.

What to see

Just a stone's throw away is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, another must-visit landmark. I spent hours inside, marveling at the stunning frescoes, the grand altars, the silence that seemed to hold a thousand secrets. It was a humbling experience, one that reminded me of the power of faith and the beauty of art.

Where and what to eat

Perugia is a treasure trove of culinary delights. I immersed myself in the authentic local cuisine, starting at La Taverna. Known for its rustic charm and its sublime 'torta al testo', it offers a wide variety of regional dishes that will transport your palate to the heart of Italy. For a truly unique dining experience, I headed to Il Tempio del Gusto, where traditional Umbrian cuisine is fused with a contemporary touch. Here, I sampled innovative dishes like 'crescia' with a twist, or indulge in the rich flavours of 'strangozzi' garnished with seasonal truffles.

Tota di Ceci
Torta di Ceci

Seeking a more casual but memorable meal I was directed to Osteria a Priori. This cozy spot is a local favourite, renowned for its 'torta di ceci' and an extensive selection of Umbrian wines. It's the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the charming streets of Perugia.

So, if you're planning an Italian adventure, make sure to add Perugia to your itinerary. Stay in its luxurious hotels, explore its historic sites, savour its delicious food, and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. It's an experience that will stay with you long after you've left its cobblestone streets behind.

Remember, the journey is as important as the destination. So, pack your bags, rev up your engine, and hit the road. Perugia is waiting. And who knows what adventures lie ahead?

Visit the City of Perugia website.

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