Perugia has the honour of being both the capital of the Umbria region and of the Province of Umbria. Located in the centre of the country, Perugia is approximately equidistant from both Florence and Rome and sits in a hilltop region surrounded by valleys and mountains.
During the Etruscan era in Italy, Perugia was one of the main cities and prospered greatly due to its central location. During the Middle Ages, Perugia became and established University City and was known for its devotion to the development of arts and culture. Today the city still maintains this tradition and hosts many festivals and events such as the Umbria Jazz Festival.
When visiting Perugia, you can expect to find a myriad of gorgeous churches and historical structures, but also fantastic museums and attractions such as the Perugina Chocolate Factory. Furthermore, the surrounding countryside is bursting with stunning scenery and rich national parks to cater for those who love the outdoors. As a tourist destination, Perugia really does have a great deal to offer and its combination of historic and natural attractions will keep you entertained for days on end.
Lets explore the best things to do in in Perugia:
1. San Lorenzo Church
There are several notable examples of cathedrals that have remained unfinished throughout Italy and the Perugia Cathedral is one such structure.
Originally created in 1587, this cathedral is unique in the fact that its front façade does not face the main square it is constructed in.
The front façade is the wall that remains unfinished and this provides the church with a strange look.
Inside the church however is completely finished and is lavishly decorated.
Several marble columns hold up the ornate ceiling that is full of beautiful frescos.
Furthermore, one of the chapels contains the tomb of Pope Martin IV and several religious relics belonging to Pope Innocent III and Urban IV. Finally, the cathedral also houses a small museum that contains a selection of interesting religious artefacts and relics.