What to see in Perugia in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Perugia is a capital rich in culture, art and natural landscapes.
Also known as "the city of chocolate" because of the famous Perugina plant, the city boasts a beautiful historic center full of attractions.
Here's what to see in Perugia in 3 days.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Perugia cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Rocca Paolina, Palazzo dei Priori

Start with a good one breakfast at Caffè Baglioni (average prices from € 3,00 per person) and then in a few minutes, passing through Porta Marzia, you arrive at the Paolina fortress from which you can access beautiful underground city.
The fortress can be visited both externally and internally during the opening hours of the escalators that connect Piazza Partigiani to Piazza Italia (opening hours: 6: 15-1: 45).

At the end of this tour, coming out in Piazza Italia, stop at Palazzo dei Priori where the National Gallery of Umbria is located, which preserves various works of the Renaissance recommended visit 8 hours).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Piazza IV Novembre, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Etruscan Well, Roman Aqueduct, Etruscan Arch,

Stop by for lunch At the Osteria a Priori to taste Umbrian cuisine at km 0 (average prices from € 25,00 per person).
Continue your tour towards Piazza IV Novembre, to admire the Fontana Maggiore and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (timetable based on mass).
Walk to the Etruscan well in 2 minutes, a hydraulic work of extraordinary beauty that you can visit by going down the internal stairs that reach the deepest point (opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 -13: 30/14: 30-18: 30; admission € 2,50).

End the afternoon by going to the Roman aqueduct, an ideal place to visit with the sunset light walking along via Appia and via C. Goldoni: you will come out under the Etruscan arch one of the oldest gates in the city.

3 - Evening: Aperitif and Dinner

Treat yourself to an aperitif at Sandri's, an ancient place that serves appetizers to accompany a good glass of wine (€ 5,00) (Get directions).
Then dine at "Al Mangiar Bene", where excellent meat is served in an environment characterized by a vaulted brick ceiling (approximately € 33,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 41 min
  • Places visited: historic center (free), Porta Marzia (free), Rocca Paolina (free), Palazzo dei Priori (free), national gallery (€ 6,50), Piazza IV Novembre (free), Cathedral of San Lorenzo (free), Fontana Maggiore (free), Etruscan well (€ 2,50), Arch of Augustus (free), Perugia aqueduct (free)
  • Perugia: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour
  • breakfast: Caffè Baglioni (Get directions); lunch: Osteria a Priori (Get directions); dinner: Al Mangiar Bene (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Church of San Michele Arcangelo, Giardini Carducci

Start the day with one breakfast, precisely with the pastas and cappuccino at Caffè Fortebraccio (prices per person from € 3,00). After breakfast with a view of the Etruscan arch, set off towards the upper part of Perugia. Passing through Corso Garibaldi you reach the church of San Michele Arcangelo also called "temple", characterized by a circular plan surmounted by an open lantern (opening hours: 9: 00-16: 00, free admission).

After the visit, go back to the center always passing through Corso Garibaldi and reach one of the the most beautiful panoramic spots in the city located in the Carducci gardens.
Here there is also the monument of Perugino and on the last Sunday of each month the "Antiques and Collectables in Perugia" fair takes place.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Casa del Cioccolato, Via Viola

For lunch we recommend the Ristorante Storie Perugine (from € 20,00 per person) an old local inn.
From here in 3 minutes on foot you reach the stop in via Fiume where the bus line A (€ 1,00) leads in 25 minutes to the chocolate house.
This is theancient Perugina chocolate factory where through a path you learn the world of chocolate with final tasting (hours Mon-Fri 9: 00-13: 00/14: 00-17: 30; Saturday 10: 00-16: 00; admission € 9,00).

At the end of the visit, take bus A which from via Gerardo Dottori (3 minutes on foot from the Chocolate House) will take you to via 30 Settembre in 14 minutes. Once you get off, at 200 meters, you will find via Viola, a beautiful central street with wall decorations and numerous artisan shops where you can go shopping.

3 - Evening: Dinner and after dinner

For dinner we suggest the Antica Trattoria delle Volte, a place where you can taste typical regional foods (€ 28,00).
And if you want to take a stroll around Perugia and have a drink, we recommend the cocktails from Dot Cocktail Bar (Get directions).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,4 km / 1 h 6 min
  • Places visited: church of San Michele Arcangelo (free), Carducci gardens (free), chocolate house (€ 9,00), via Viola (free)
  • breakfast: Caffè Fortebraccio (Get directions); lunch: Ristorante Storie Perugine (Get directions); dinner: Antica Trattoria delle Volte (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Assisi (Basilica, Piazza del Comune)

After a hearty breakfast at the Pasticceria Rossini (€ 4,00) for your third day in Perugia we suggest you a visit out of town to nearby Assisi.
24 km away, it can be reached by car in 30 minutes following the SS75 or by the regional train that connects the central station of Perugia Fontivegge to that of Assisi "Santa Maria degli Angeli" (27 minutes) and bus C which takes you to the square Unit of Italy (8 minutes, € 1,50).

From here start the visit from the basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi which includes the lower and upper church (opening hours: upper church 8: 30-18: 00; lower church 6: 00-18: 00; free admission).
Then continue along Via S. Francesco, you will reach the magnificent medieval square "Piazza del Comune" with the Temple of Minerva (opening hours 7: 15-20: 00), Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Torre del Popolo and Palazzo dei Priori.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Assisi (Chiesa Nuova, Oratorio S. Francesco, Basilica S. Chiara)

Stop for a lunch fast at Hosteria la Tradizione (from € 15,00).
Visit the new church and the oratory of S. Francesco Piccolino where the saint apparently was born.

Along Corso Mazzini you will find yourself in Piazza Santa Chiara where with the homonymous basilica and the crypt containing the body of the Saint (hours: 6: 30-12: 00/14: 00-19: 00; Mon and Fri the crypt opens at 9,00 , ; free admission).
Conclude the visit of the city at the cathedral of S.Rufino, or the cathedral.

In the late afternoon, take your car or transport back to Perugia (bus C from p.zza Matteotti to the station and then train to Perugia Fontivegge station).

3 - Evening: Aperitif and Dinner

From the station take the R / G / TS metro to via Indipendenza towards piazza Italia (duration 15 minutes) to be in the historic center.
Reach the Punto di Vista bar for a panoramic aperitif and then go to the La Rosetta restaurant for dinner (€ 28,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Basilica San Francesco d'Assisi (free), Piazza del Comune (free), Temple of Minerva (free), Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (free), Torre del Popolo (free), Palazzo dei Priori (free), New church (free), S. Francesco oratory (free), S. Chiara basilica (free), S.Rufino cathedral (free)
  • Assisi: 3-hour small group walking tour
  • breakfast: Pasticceria Rossini (Get directions); lunch: Hosteria la Tradizione Assisi (Get directions); dinner: La Rosetta restaurant Perugia (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Perugia cost

Perugia is one not exactly cheap destination especially if you decide to visit it for festivals, exhibitions and fairs.
To try and save some money, however, there are several ways to sleep that at certain times of the year they offer offers and packages (from simple hostels to more expensive B & Bs or hotels).
To eat, there are several trattorias and inns, some simple and cheap, others more luxurious.

  • Costs to eat: approximately € 45,00 per day (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 18,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 20,00 per person (for buses, the train to Assisi and transfers from the station to the center)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 10,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Perugia: from € 350,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Perugia: beautiful at any time of the year, it is advisable to visit it during some important events such as Umbria Jazz in July or the Eurochocolat in October - more info on when to visit Perugia
  • from Florence it is 126 km - 1 hour 51 min by car taking the A1 exit "Valdichiana" then continuing on the RA6. From Rome it is 162 km away, 2 hours 8 min by car take the A1 and exit at "Orte" and then continue on the E45.
    The train from Rome takes 2 hours and 31 min and costs € 12,10 one way. The train from Florence takes 2 hours and 17 min and costs € 14,65. From "San Francesco d'Assisi" airport to the city there is a bus service (€ 2,50) - Get directions
  • for those who intend to travel exclusively on foot the best area to stay is the historic center. If, on the other hand, you have a car in the hills just outside the city you will find beautiful farmhouses and farmhouses - Hotels and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Getting around: to move around the city the ideal is to walk; the laziest ones can, however, reach the higher areas of the city by bus, mini-metro and escalators. Much of the center is a Limited Traffic Zone, so the car must be parked in the appropriate places - more info on how to get around Perugia

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