Mighty Etruscan centre and important mediaeval city after that, Perugia guards lovingly precious traces of its luminous historical periods. The city is the administrative and cultural capital of the Umbria Region, a major tourist and cultural destination, prestigious university town for over 700 years (University of Perugia). The historic Academy of Fine Arts, the Music Conservatorium and its University for Foreigners, with students coming from all over the world, feature its marked international vocation.
Bright and lively, culturally and socially, Perugia is a city full of secrets to unveil: the suggestion is that of exploring it with curiosity to fully appreciate the excitement and fascination of discovery.
Entrance Gate to the acropolis is the Rocca Paolina, an historical-architectural complex unique in its kind, “enclosure” of the mediaeval city hidden inside. Going through it thanks to the escalators, between historical remnants and contemporary suggestions, you get to the heart of the city, where the citizens and students of today love to gather, as did the visitors of the Grand Tour in past times. The Centre can also be reached by the Minimetrò, city railway that gets right into the heart of the city.
Starting the visit, the city itself suggests several itineraries that put together, as in an ideal book, the many passages of Italian and European History. From the XIII Century Fontana Maggiore start many paths in the Historic Centre, rich in treasures, which will bring to the discovery of a city that will never cease to surprise: museums, churches, palaces, mediaeval towers and significate modern and contemporary vestiges.
Five are the districts of the acropolis, spreading out almost as if they were the fingers of a hand – S. Angelo, Porta Sole, S. Pietro, Porta Eburnea, S. Susanna: roads and streets, alleys and stairways, underground pathways, unusual and picturesque views of luminous landscapes, interrupted by portions of the mighty Etruscan-Roman and mediaeval city walls. Right outside the ancient core of the city, eastwards, the XIII Century Templar complex of San Bevignate, structure of imposing and austere volumes, inside which a rare and precious witness of the life of the Templar Knights in the Holy Land is preserved.
To visit Perugia means living a unique multi-sensory experience: public and private museums, artistic craft workshops, delicatessen of a typical cuisine worth of a regenerating stop in front of enchanting views on the Umbrian valley, wholly feeling the peculiarities of a city still on a human scale.
Perugino, Pinturicchio and Raphael, the contemporary art of Burri and Beuys will accompany you through the sounds of Umbria Jazz, of the Sagra Musicale Umbra and of its many Festivals, or of the rich theatrical season in the jewels of the city: from the historical Teatro del Pavone and Teatro Morlacchi, to the Teatro Turreno, and the many small experimental theatres, not forgetting the open air little squares, the ancient villages and the many libraries.