The city of Perugia

THE CITY OF PERUGIA

Perugia is a 450 square meters town, with 166.000 inhabitants. Its first settlement dates back to X-XI century BC and was founded by the Etruscans; the surrounding area, including the outskirts, is rich in history and culture. Lovely and livable place, it is a few kms far from Assisi (location of one of the boarding schools of the Paolo Rossi Academy), Rome and Florence are easily accessible by car, train or coach. Being a university town, it is lively, multiethnic, friendly, joyful and offers a vivacious nightlife, full of musical and art events and entertainment. It is very green and full of landmarks and monuments, it is a tourist destination and university town.

SHOPPING Perugia has many shops, supermarkets for every ethnicity and shopping malls where you can buy everything you need (food, clothing, hobby, books, comfort). It is equipped with Minimetro, an important public transport work that allows fast, convenient and cheap travel from the city center to the outskirts and back.

IF YOU ARE IN PERUGIA YOU CAN’T MISS…

The Fontana Maggiore – In the middle of Piazza IV Novembre, between the majestic Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the symbolic Palazzo dei Priori, stands the splendid Fontana Maggiore, famous in Italy and a symbol of medieval and modern Perugia. It was built between 1275 and 1278, after a drawing and then the production by the sculptors Nicola and Giovanni Pisano (father and son respectively), in order to receive the water from the Aqueduct of Monte Pacciano (located a few kilometers far) and to bring water to the inhabitants of Perugia. The two prestigious artists wanted the Gothic-style Fountain placed on a circular staircase, consisting of two pink and white stone basins, topped with a bronze basin. Its decoration is centered on 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues with which the Pisano decorated the two concentric polygon pools. In the lower basin there are the months of the year with the zodiac signs and scenes of agricultural tradition and feudal culture.

The Cathedral of San Lorenzo – The main religious building of the city, its works began in 1345 and ended in 1490. Both the lateral side and the main façade, however, remained incomplete.

The National Gallery of Umbria – Through the main street of the medieval Perugia, Corso Vannucci, the Palazzo dei Priori has been home to the National Gallery of Umbria since 1878, where we can admire one of the most complete and richest art heritages of the region but also of the history of Italian art.

Rocca Paolina – Praised in a famous poem by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, the Rocca Paolina is an ancient fortress, which was commissioned by Pope Paul III between 1540 and 1543 to the architect Antonio da Sangallo the Young. The Pope’s intent, in which the memory of the Pillage of Rome was still alive, was to secure the city and thus to create an efficient shelter as Castel Sant’Angelo had been. Its construction required the destruction of more than a hundred houses as well as monasteries and churches, especially property of the Baglioni family, hated by the Pope himself. Partly destroyed in 1848, it was rebuilt in 1860 by Pope Pius IX and partially demolished in decades after the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy for the construction of many nineteenth-century buildings and accommodation (Carducci Gardens, Piazza Italia, Via Masi …).

The Oratory of San Bernardino – The Oratory was commissioned by the Franciscan friars in honor of San Bernardino from Siena, whose preaching had inflamed the Perugia’s inhabitants on several occasions. The splendid polychrome facade is the work of the artist Agostino di Duccio who, using different materials, succeeded in creating a true color symphony that explodes into a fascinating play of reflections.

The Etruscan Well – Part of the Corbello family, the Etruscan Well is located in the heart of Perugia and is a great hydraulic work that proves the technical knowledge and the degree of civilization reached by the inhabitants of Perugia already 300 years before Christ.

The House of Chocolate – Not many associate the famous Perugia Kisses to Perugia, after which they are named and where they are produced. Originally known as “cazzotti” (punches), they have become an icon all over the world.

Volumni’s hypogeum – Just outside the historic center of Perugia, in the Ponte San Giovanni area, there is an extraordinary place of the Etruscan period: the Volumni’s hypogeum, the oldest and best preserved funerary monument of the Etruscan era. Not to be missed.

 

THE UNIVERSITY

University for Foreigners of Perugia

The University for Foreigners of Perugia is the oldest and most prestigious Italian academic institution committed in the teaching activity, research and dissemination of the Italian language and culture in every possible expression (namely art and heritage), both international and advertising communication. Founded in 1921, thanks to the intuition of Mr. Astorre Lupattelli, a lawyer from Perugia, from 1927 it has its headquarters in the prestigious Gallenga Stuart Palace, donated to the town hall by the Count Romeo Gallenga Stuart and located in the heart of the medieval historical centre. Next to the main building there are the four blocks: Prosciutti, Lupattelli, Orvieto e Valitutti that, placed in a magnificent park in the heart of the town and at a short walk from the Palazzo Gallenga, are at the centre of a compound which adds to the research and teaching departments, in addition to the prestigious Villa Colombella, historical aristocratic mansion surrounded by the green hills in the outskirts of Perugia, which completes the excellent heritage owned by the institution. It is mainly addressed to foreigners, but among them there are many Italian students, as well.

Lecturers in English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese are available at the University for Foreigners.

The faculty takes care, moreover, of the education and upgrading of the teachers of Italian as a second language. It organizes courses of high culture and specialization and it issues graduation and master certificates for Italian and international students.

Today, the University for Foreigners of Perugia has become an international workshop to discuss, debate, compare and exchange. A place for a cultural interchange among students from all over the world who, surrounded by an Italian city, learn the language more easily.

It here that the adult students of the Paolo Rossi Academy study

The Italian University of Perugia is one of the oldest and prestigious academies in Italy: it’s one of the first free Universities in Italy, founded at Studium Generale on September 8, 1308, as attested by the papal “Super Specula” of Pope Clemente V. Among the two universities there is a careful and profitable collaboration.

EATING OUT IN PERUGIA

BREAD AND FLAT BREAD. The characteristic bread of the city of Perugia (like for the rest of the Umbria region) is similar to Tuscan and Marche bread, that is to say without salt: tradition is traced back to the so-called “salt war”, a rebellion of the Perugia inhabitants. Tax imposed by Paul III in 1531 for the use of salt. With slices of warmed bread, wiped with a clove of garlic, and seasoned with salt and extra virgin olive oil (plenty and DOC in the area) you can prepare the typical “bruschetta”. A typical focaccia of the territory, in Perugia and in the rest of the province, is the “flat bread”. To be filled with local ham, sausage and cooked vegetables.

PASTA COURSE. Among the first noteworthy are the potato gnocchi with goose sauce, the ragu chicken noodles with chicken fillets and broth cappelletti. As for the main course, typical from Perugia there are the stuffed roasted pigeon and ‘in carrozza’ , the porchetta’, and the mixed roasts. The grass, that is a mix of several wild vegetables, stuffed in a pan with oil and garlic, is the most traditional side dish.

DESSERTS. The typical desserts are the Torcolo di San Costanzo, characteristic for the patron saint of Perugia (recurrence on January 29th), shaped like a donut with pine nuts, anise, raisins and candied seeds, and Ciaramicola, a white meringue crust, sweet typical of Easter. Typical biscuits for the commemoration of the Dead (November 2nd), are the ‘cookies of the dead’, made from almond paste. ‘Frappe’ and ‘strufoli’ are typical sweets of the Carnival.

EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED

Umbria Jazz

  • Umbria Jazz: is the most important Jazz festival in Italy and one of the most important in the world, the festival falls in July since 1973. Do not miss it.
  • Eurochocolate: the European chocolate kermesse, has been in October since 1993.
  • The Perugia-Assisi peace march, with biennial cadence, usually takes place in October since 1961.
  • International Journalism Festival, takes place every year in April, since 2008.
  • Fair of the Dead: a great folk fair held in the first week of November since the Middle Ages. It takes place in the large area of the parking lot of Pian di Massiano (Perugia stadium area, Renato Curi).
  • Author’s glares, literary exhibition started in 2005, takes place for about a week in February / March, with a parallel edition in Milan and events in Rome, Terni, Assisi, Macerata.

 

LOOKING AROUND

  • In 2017, it became the first Italian city to be completely wired with optic fibre.
  • The animal-symbols of Perugia are the Gryphon and the Lion.
  • The Coat of Arms of the City is made up of a shrunken crowned shield overlaid by a silver-plated gryphon and crowned with gold.
  • The city is sister city with Bratislava since 1962, with Aix-en-Provence since 1979, with Tubingen since 1984, Potsdam since 1990, Grand Rapids since 1993 and Seattle since 1993.

 

INDIRIZZI E NUMERI UTILI

A city card is available to visit Perugia. See link
Perugia Town Hall Corso Vannucci N. 19 tel. 075 5771 See link
Tourism Office Piazza Matteotti, 18 – Tel. 075 5736458-075 5772686 see link
Perugia Fontivegge Railways Station is located in Piazza Vittorio Veneto 075 57540 and is connected to the same stop at the Minimetro (city shuttle).
You can use the Minimetro (city shuttle) to move around with an alternative public transport. Tel. 075/5058753 See link
The Perugia Airport is the ‘San Francesco d’Assisi’ airport and it is about 12 km east far from the city centre. See link
Taxi Service Via S. Tommaso d’Aquino, 17, 06124 Perugia Tel.  075 5004888
The bus service is offered by Umbria TPL and Mobility SPA – STRADA SANTA LUCIA 4, 06125 PERUGIA telephone 075 9637637 – 0744 402900. See link
The Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital in Perugia Piazza Menghini, 1, 06129 Perugia Phone: 075 5781 See link
Chamber of Commerce Industry Crafts and Agriculture Via Cacciatori delle Alpi, 42, 06121 Perugia Phone: 075 57481 See link
Shopping centers

Collestrada Via della Valtiera, 181 See link

Quasar Village Via Aldo Capitini 8 Corciano (PG) 075 5172071. See link

The ‘Sunday City’ Città della Domenica is a park nestled in the green area where animals are groomed wild and free. Great for relaxing days in the heart of nature. 075.5054941 – Via Col di Tenda, 140. See link
Restaurants in Perugia See link
Accommodation in Perugia See link