Most people head for Italy’s famous coastlines and big cities. Take a step off the main tourist trail in Perugia...
Perugia is the capital city of Umbria, a region in the centre of Italy. It is a historic hill town with medieval streets and a history going back to the Etruscan Age. It hosts the Umbria Jazz Festival and is a well-known university town also famous for its chocolate Baci (kisses).
Perugia has an artistic background as well, with both Pietro Vannucci, who was known as Perugino and taught Raphael, and Pinturicchio coming from the area. Their paintings can be seen in the National Gallery of Umbria and the Sala del Cambio is decorated with Perugino's frescoes. There are many churches in the city, such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and a number of interesting museums. Take a stroll around the city and visit the Fontana Maggiore, then enjoy the sunset from the Giardini Carducci.
Sant Egidio Airport (PEG) is the nearest to Perugia. It serves domestic flights and a few routes across Europe and there are also plenty of flights to nearby international airports. If you arrange car rental in Perugia, you can collect your pre-booked vehicle from Sant Egidio Airport or a convenient downtown location.
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You’ll find some classic Italian beauty on every point of the compass from central Perugia...
When you visit Perugia, car hire is a great idea as there are lots of places to see in the surrounding region, such as the birthplace of St Francis in Assisi, the ancient city of Spoleto and the historic town of Gubbio. The towns of Bettona, Brufa, Todi and Orvieto are all close and have many Etruscan ruins and gorgeous buildings such as the Duomo at Orvieto.
A 30-minute drive east of Perugia will bring you to the captivating town of Assisi. It’s the birthplace of St Francis and is positively dripping with history. A short 20-minute drive west will deliver visitors to the popular tourist spot of Lago (Lake) Trasimeno. This broad and spectacular lake is a magnet for Perugia’s elite during summer and the perfect place to take a boat trip or enjoy a waterside picnic.
If you fancy a trip further afield and enjoy views from upon high then head for Gubbio – it’s about an hour’s drive away but the snaking mountain roads will give you some of best vistas over this glorious part of the Italian countryside, and make car hire in Perugia well worth it.
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