What to see in Perugia and surroundings in 5 days

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Capital of Umbria, Perugia is a city that does not need to be presented. Rich in culture and art, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, it is known throughout Italy for its famous chocolate festival and for a truly characteristic historic center. In fact, in a very small space, monuments and places of interest are concentrated which are evidence of a very long period of time.

Are you planning a trip to the Umbrian city? Here what to see in Perugia and surroundings in 5 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

For a first approach to the city, we always recommend a guided walking tour, to get to know the city well and have the first points of reference.

On its own, it begins in Piazza IV Novembre, where some of the most important places of interest are gathered. The first is the Fontana Maggiore, one of the symbols of the city. Not far away is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (Mon-Sat 7: 30-12: 30 and 15: 30-19: 00, Sun 8: 00-12: 45 and 16: 00-19: 00) and Palazzo dei Priori, who it houses the National Gallery of Umbria (Nov-Mar Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 30, Tue-Nov Mon 12: 00-19: 30 and Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 30).

For lunch we recommend that you choose the Osteria a Priori (€ 25,00).
You can dedicate the rest of the afternoon to visit the Etruscan Well, not far from the square, one of the most extraordinary hydraulic works in the city. Through the stairs it is possible to descend into its depths, a truly suggestive and particular activity. (10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00).
Before you go to dinner, pop in to the Roman aqueduct, perhaps at sunset.

We recommend that you have dinner at Al Mangiar Bene (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 25 min
  • Places visited: Piazza IV Novembre (free), Fontana Maggiore (free), Cathedral of San Lorenzo (free), Palazzo dei Priori and the National Gallery of Umbria (€ 6,50), Etruscan Well (€ 2,50), Arch of Augustus (free), Perugia aqueduct (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • 2-hour small group walking tour
  • Lunch at Osteria a Priori (Get directions), Dinner at Al Mangiar Bene (Get directions)

2 day

The second day in Perugia begins with a visit to the church of San Michele Arcangelo also called "temple" (every day 9: 00-16: 00), one of the first early Christian churches in Italy. With a walk of about 20 minutes, through Corso Garibaldi you reach the Oratorio San Bernardino (open from Easter to the beginning of October 8: 30-12: 30 and 15: 30-17: 30), in Gothic style, which an early Christian sarcophagus with the remains of Blessed Egidio.

For lunch we recommend Trattoria Borgo San Francesco (€ 25,00).
Not far away is the Torre degli Sciri, thethe only remaining one of the dozens of towers which, in the Middle Ages, characterized the urban aspect of the city (internal visit only Sat 10: 30-12: 30 and Sun 15: 00-17: 00). One km away is the second and last stop of the day, the Rocca Paolina, of which you can visit the underground: it is freely accessible and can be visited during the opening hours of the escalators that lead from Piazza Partiginani to Piazza Italia (6: 15-1: 45). It often hosts exhibitions and events.

Before dinner, you can treat yourself to an aperitif at Sandri's, an ancient restaurant in the city since 1860. For dinner we recommend La Taverna (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 40 min
  • Places visited: Church of San Michele Arcangelo (free), Oratorio San Bernardino (free), Torre degli Sciri (free offer), Rocca Paolina (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • 2 hour private walking tour
  • Lunch at Trattoria Borgo San Francesco (Get directions), Dinner at La Taverna (Get directions)

3 day

Third day for shopping, then go to the center in corso Vannucci, the main street of the city: have a coffee in one of the many bars, explore the shops of the street, admire monuments and buildings. After some relaxation, admire the landscape from one of the viewpoints, located at the Carducci Gardens. Then visit the Convent of San Domenico with its majestic bell tower (every day 7: 00-12: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00).

For lunch, stop at L'Officina (€ 25,00).
From viale Roma take the suburban bus F022 (single ride € 1,50) to get to the Hypogeum of the Volumni, an ancient funerary monument that is part of the largest Etruscan necropolis of Palazzone, consisting of almost 200 tombs dating back to the period between the fifth century BC and the Hellenistic age (9: 00-18: 30, Sun and holidays 9: 00-13: 30).

Back in the city, before dinner, take a trip to the Medieval Garden (Mon-Fri 8: 00-17: 00) a place of tranquility and greenery where you can relax a little, since the Gardens of the Frontone, one of the city's public parks. For dinner, we recommend Il Circoletto (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,5 km / 2 h 21 min
  • Places visited: Corso Vannucci (free), Carducci gardens (free), Convent of San Domenico (free), Hypogeum of the Volumni (€ 3,00), Medieval Garden (free), Giardini del Frontone (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes private guided walking tour
  • Lunch at L'Officina (Get directions), Dinner at Il Circoletto (Get directions)

4 day

Perugia is considered the homeland of chocolate, thanks to the presence of the Perugina chocolate factory. Your morning stop is right the House of Chocolate, where you can follow an exciting journey to discover the "food of the gods". It starts from the Historical Museum and then moves into the heart of the factory and follows the stages of the production processes. There is also a tasting part (Mon-Fri 9: 00-13: 00 and 14: 00-17: 30, Sat 10: 00-16: 00).

For lunch, choose Pizzeria La Romantica San Sisto (€ 25,00).
In the afternoon, go to the Sunday City, the first amusement park opened in Italy. It is located in Ferro di Cavallo, if you do not have a car the only alternative to arrive is by taxi. In the park you can spend pleasant hours in the midst of nature and animals, there are in fact several species that live in freedom, as well as farm animals, birds and a reptile house. Educational activities for adults and children, workshops and shows are held daily (open from March to November from 10:00 until sunset).

Return to Perugia for dinner and stop at Locanda Del Bartoccio (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,9 km / 2 h 45 min
  • Places visited: House of Chocolate (€ 9,00), City of Sunday (€ 17,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Lunch at Pizzeria La Romantica San Sisto (Get directions), Dinner at Locanda Del Bartoccio (Get directions)

5 day

For the last day we suggest an interesting trip out of town to Assisi (24 km, 30 min by car via SS75, ì; regional train from Perugia Fontivegge central station, 21 min, each way € 2,80).

The first stop once arrived in Assisi is the basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, with the Lower and Upper churches (the first every day 8: 30-18: 00, the second 6: 00-18: 00). Then reach Piazza del Comune, along Via S. Francesco, where the Temple of Minerva (every day 8: 00-19: 00) and the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo with the Torre del Popolo are located (every day 9:00 -19:00 pm).

For lunch, stop at Hostaria la Tradizione (€ 15,00).
The next visit is to the New church and the oratory of S. Francesco Piccolino, one of the most significant places of Franciscanism. Along Corso Mazzini you will then reach Piazza Santa Chiara with the homonymous basilica e the crypt where the body of the Saint is kept (every day 6: 30-12: 00 and 14: 00-19: 00). The last stop of the day is the Cathedral of S.Rufino, the Cathedral of Assisi.

Before dinner, return to Perugia and dinner at La Rosetta Restaurant (€ 28,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 50 km / 1 h by car including travel from / to Perugia
  • Places visited: Basilica San Francesco d'Assisi (free), Piazza del Comune (free), Temple of Minerva (free), Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (free), New church (free), S. Francesco oratory (free), basilica S .Chiara (free), S.Rufino cathedral (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Hostaria la Tradizione (Get directions), Dinner at La Rosetta Restaurant (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

Perugia it is not to be considered an economic destination, the prices of accommodation, food and attractions are touristy and tend to rise during the high season or in conjunction with festivals and events.

However, it is possible to contain costs by exploiting the offers from farmhouses located in the surrounding area, hotels and B & Bs in a not too central location. The city is also full of cheap trattorias or places that offer excellent street food at low prices.

  • from Milan starting from € 80,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • 2 hour small group walking tour 2 hour private walking tour
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 610,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Perugia: all year round, the average temperatures remain mild even in winter. Late spring and early autumn are the best times, Umbria Jazz takes place in July while Eurochocolate is in October - find out more
  • 126 km from Florence (1 h 51 min by car with the A1, exit "Valdichiana", then RA6); 162 km from Rome by car (2 h 8 min by car with the A1, exit "Orte", then E45), on by train (2 h 31 min, each way € 12,10); from Florence in 2 h 17 min (€ 14,65). Bus service from "San Francesco d'Assisi" airport to the city (€ 2,50)
  • if you intend to move on foot, we recommend staying near the historic center, otherwise, in the outskirts of the city, you can find numerous farmhouses and farmhouses
  • Getting around: a large part of the city is ZTL, the car must therefore be left outside the historic center and the areas forbidden to transit. Alternatively, to reach the higher areas, buses, mini-subways and escalators are available - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: there are no specific cards or city passes, but you can take part in different experiences and activities, even for a day, to better discover the city - find out more

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