Perugia is the capital of Umbria, often called the “Green Heart of Italy,” and the region that lies next to Tuscany. Umbria is no longer the “undiscovered” gem that it might have been decades ago, but it still sees far less tourist traffic than its more famous neighbor - although that doesn’t mean you won’t find Perugia packed to the gills during its annual chocolate festival.

Perugia is a university city, with one large university and a smaller one catering to foreign students. The student population gives the city a more youthful feel than a city as old as Perugia might otherwise have, and the university for foreign students brings a distinct foreign presence, even if there aren’t as many tourists. The city’s history dates back to pre-Roman times, and some Etruscan ruins from that era still exist in the city.

There are several annual festivals in Perugia, but the best-known is the annual chocolate festival, EuroChocolate, which takes place each year in October. Italian chocolate maker Perugina, creator of the “Baci” candies, is based in Perugia. Visitors during EuroChocolate should plan well in advance, as the city is often extremely crowded. During the rest of the year, Perugia makes a good home base for exploring the western side of Umbria, and is easy to reach since it’s well-connected via public transport.

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Small-Group Perugia Walking Tour

Experience Perugia’s amazing art treasures, history and culture. Discover the medieval city of Perugia and taste its famous chocolate in a unique guided ...  Read more

Location: Perugia, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.53

Perugia, Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Join our tour through the rolling green hills of Tuscany and Umbria and discover the artistic jewels of Assisi and Cortona and Perugia from a religious ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.71

Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Delve deep into the rolling Tuscan countryside and discover centuries of Italian history on this private day trip to Perugia and Assisi from Florence. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.36

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