martedì 25 marzo 2014

Discovering Perugia with Sandro

Sandro lived in Perugia for some months and he was one of our "guest of the month" last year.
Here is what he told us about the city and what to see and eat there!




Perugia is a charming town located in the heart of Italy.
In Italy is it well known for Eurochocolate [a famous chocolate fair] and for the famous jazz festival "Umbria Jazz".
The city, however, hides much more: beautiful churches, imposing buildings, narrow streets and picturesque lanes, important Etruscan remains and, of course, delicious food.

But first things first: to stay in Perugia is advisable to choose an hotel in the city center. 
The possibility of reaching central hotels by car is convenient and then you can forget it since to visit all the most important places of the city you can just walk around.

Sangallo Palace Hotel, for instance, is strategically located next to the escalators that in a few minutes take tourists to the Underground City below Rocca Paolina.
From here you can continue visiting all along Corso Vannucci [the main street of the city center, full of shops and cafes] until you get to Piazza IV Novembre where Palazzo dei Priori and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo are.




Just behind the Cathedral you can eat at the "Settimo Sigillo" [Seventh Seal], a local medieval-style serving typical Umbrian
 wines and cuisine,including the characteristic torta al testo that I warmly recommend you to try.



Always remaining in the culinary theme is worth mentioning the Perugina chocolate factory. 
There is a guided tour of the factory that must be booked well in advance. It will lead you in the productive heart of Baci Perugina and a thousand other products made of chocolate and this will give you the opportunity to do a lot of gourmand tasting.



Finally, Perugia, is an excellent base for visiting other towns in Umbria: Assisi, Gubbio, Città di Castello, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago, which are no doubt equally fascinating and rich of history.



Ubicazione: Perugia, Italia

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