Perugia
City of chocolate and jazz
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Perugia
Lifted by a hill above a valley patterned with fields, where the River Tiber runs swift and clear, Perugia is Umbria's petite and immediately likeable capital. Its centrostorico rises in a helter-skelter of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by magnificent palazzi. History seeps through every shadowy corner of these streets and an aimless wander through them can feel like time travel. The hopping summer event line-up counts one of Europe's best jazz festivals
Top Attractions
When in Perugia you should not miss The Palazzo dei Priori is one of the oldest communal gathering grounds in Umbria. Stop by and take in the view, the architecture, or a treat from the market in the center. Another thing you absolutely can't miss the Collegio del Cambio where you can see some works of the master painter, Pietro Vannuci, who went by the nickname Perugio. A must see for any fresco fanatic. In Perugia all roads seem to lead to Piazza IV Novembre, once the meeting point for the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilizations. In the medieval period, it was the political center of Perugia. Nowadays, people take a walk around the center, eating gelato, chat or watch street performances. In the middle of Piazza IV Novembre stands the Fontana Maggiore, a beautiful white-and-pink marble fountain. Overlooking Piazza IV Novembre is Perugia's stark medieval cathedral. A church has stood here since the 900s, but the version you see today was begun in 1345 from designs created by Fra Bevignate. This church is characterized by its dramatic gothic architecture. When you're sightseeing in Perugia and you've worked up an appetite, make sure to sample some Torta al Testo, which is sweet or savory bread and translates to "cake on a tile." Perugians eat their torta with a variety of vegetable and meat fillings, similar to a sandwich. Way up there on the Perugia dining wish list, La Taverna consistently wins the praise of local foodies. An amazing event in Perugia which has become a tradition is Umbria Jazz Festival. Ever since making its debut in 1973, Perugia's swinging 10-day July festival, Umbria Jazz, has put the city firmly on the world jazz map. The Arena Santa Giuliana hosts most performances, but events are also held at other venues, including the Teatro Morlacchi and Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. Perugia is great for chocolate lovers because of Casa del Cioccolato Perugina, a chocolate factory museum where you can learn how chocolate is made and taste it.


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