Stay away from Perugia. It's a hidden gem kept from guidebooks.
I lived in Perugia for a summer and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling Italy. It is a beautiful old Etruscan town, with lots to do and see all within walking distance. The University for Foreigners is down a large hill from the city center, but worth walking down to and exploring.
Perugia is a wonderful place to visit. The people are very friendly and there is a lot to do both in town and in the surrounding areas. I can not wait until I visit again.
Perugia is an Italian city famous for many different reasons. It's an university city with a lot of trendy bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. Perugia is a cosmopolitan city, due to the pull of foreigners to its big and well-known university. It also is a touristic destination, and, depending on the period of the year, there are plenty of festivals to attend, such the Umbria Jazz. Another interesting event held in October is the Eurochocolate; Perugia is a big chocolate producer, and during this festival, which attracts both adults and children, Perugia is full of stalls selling all kinds of delicious chocolates in any form and shape.
There are many sights in Perugia and they are mainly located in the historic center, which is on top of a hill. This area has a very limited car access -- the way to get there is either by local buses or by using the escalators built inside an old fortress (this would be the preferred journey to not miss seeing such fascinating stone structure).
Perugia is an important city for the medieval art and architecture. The main palaces, churches, squares, and buildings are in the historical center. The best way to discover those sites is by walking to enjoy the beautiful and magical atmosphere enhanced by the ancient surroundings.
As it is such a popular destination within the Umbria region, there are plenty of choices for any kind of budget in terms of accommodations in Perugia. There are plenty of Perugia hostels to choose from, with both dorms and private rooms. Some of these Perugia hostels are located in the historical center, with easy access to most of the main attractions, and some are beautiful old buildings with amazing interior decorations. Knowing how important is to be online nowadays, most of those Perugia hostels offer internet access.
From Perugia, there are many other small and stunning towns you can visit in a day. By jumping on one of the many local trains or buses it's very easy to get to the close by towns of Assisi, Gubbio, Passignano sul Trasimeno by the Trasimeno Lake, and Citta' di Castello.
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