Thursday, January 16, 2020

Meredith’s Perugia #40: Among The 10 Best Under-Rated Italian Destinations

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Night view from police helicopter

The Local (Italy Edition)

Click above for the full ten, another of which is also in Umbria. This is The Local’s assessment of Perugia.

Maybe it’s a stretch to list a city of 165,000 people as off the beaten path. But this beautiful, hilltop walled city, only 160 km north of Rome, is often overlooked on the Rome-Florence-Venice tourist pilgrimage. It’s in the heart of Umbria, another underrated region.

You enter Perugia via escalator and walkway through a string of long, dark tunnels known as the Rocca Paolina, built as a fortress in the 1540s. They spit you out onto grand Piazza della Repubblica where Corso Vannucci leads you past Palazzo dei Priori, a Gothic palace holding the city’s main art gallery. Continue down the street to San Lorenzo, a medieval cathedral that overlooks the main Piazza IV Novembre.

Sightsee during the day; party at night. Perugia is one of Italy’s main university towns and the city is brimming with happening pubs, bars and cafes. Take little Via delle Streghe off Vannucci and try typical Umbrian cuisine such as cinghiale (wild boar) and tartufi (truffles) at La Taverna, an elegant, moderately priced restaurant with terrific food and atmosphere.

In terms of average IQ Perugia is among the world’s brightest cities, a result of the huge university teaching and research presence relative to the town’s total population - it is also internationally prominent for its soccer and its music, chocolate and arts festivals.

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