Perugia is the capital city of the picturesque region of Umbria, in the centre of Italy. Its history stretches back two millennia, but it is its Medieval and Renaissance period that is most interesting for tourists. The 15th century early Renaissance Cathedral of St Lawrence towers over the city; facing the same square as the cathedral is the Palazzo dei Priori (the town hall), with what can only be considered masterpiece fresco decorations on the inside. Between the two buildings is the large medieval fountain called Fontana Maggiore. There are many churches dotted around Perugia, and you're certain to enjoy a stroll through the narrow street of this small Umbrian city. The city, and the surrounding region, are also known internationally for the events and festivals run throughout the year: for example, the Eurochocolate exhibition (with chocolate producers showing off their creations in the hometown of Perugina) and Umbria Jazz, one of the most important jazz festivals in the continent. The city's airport has a small number of domestic and international routes, connecting the city to London, Barcelona, Cagliari, Trapani and Bucarest (among others). If you're searching for a cheap flight from London or any other city), use our online flight comparison tool to find the option that best suits you.
Upon arrival, you can get to Perugia city centre by bus or by taxi. You can buy a Perugia Cittŕ Museo card, which can be bought in any participating museum. The card gives tourists free access to five museums or monuments, on top of discounts in shops, restaurants and temporary exhibitions. Perugia is also very close (little over 10 miles) to the small town of Assisi, famous for being the birthplace and city of St Francis, the founder of the Franciscan religious order. The small town, which sits on a hill, is home to many churches; in particular, the Basilica has frescos which were, allegedly, painted by Giotto. All the Franciscan sites in the town have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, given their historical and cultural significance. Umbria has some of the best food in Italy, with many varieties of bread and cheese, cured meats, and excellent red and white wines. The city is very close to other beautiful Italian locations such as Orvieto (one hour), Florence (one hour) and Rome (2.5 hours).