Top 10 Things to do in Perugia, Italy

November 20, 2017 Lean Nau

This picturesque Umbrian city has a history that spans many eras. The city wall and arch are Etruscan; the sixth-century Sant'Angelo church was built atop a Roman temple; the town's cathedral is both Gothic and Renaissance. If you have a sweet tooth, visit the famous Perugina chocolate factory; if you have a full set of sweet teeth, visit during the Eurochocolate festival, held in October, when the entire town reportedly smells of chocolate.
Restaurants in Perugia

1. Vineria del Carmine

Strada Castiglione Ugolino, 70 | Gps: N 43° 13' 52.666''; E 12° 23' 6.235'', 06134 La Bruna, Perugia, Italy +39 338 891 6641
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Vineria del Carmine

Join us in a tour of the Carmine Estate Vineyards and Olive Groves, then enjoy a light antipasti meal of local Umbrian delicacies including a tutored tasting of our Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and the Red and White wines from the Carmine Estate. Free Wifi, Childrens Playground. Wine Shipping Arranged. We can open at any time on request.

Reviewed By Susan G - Perugia, Italy

I visited Vineria del Carmine yesterday for a wine tasting with local cheeses, olive oil and truffle products (also made from truffles gathered right on the property). Everything was delicious. The tasting room is set in a restored stone farm building with a view toward...MoreThank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again.

2. Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli

Via Fatebenefratelli 2, 06121, Perugia, Italy +39 340 776 5594
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Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli

Museo Laboratorio Moretti Caselli making and restoration of stained glass windows and of works of artSince 1860, for five generations, a family of artists has been making painted and baked stained-glass windows in the historic centre of Perugia.The Moretti Caselli Studio is located in a fifteenth-century residence that once belonged to the Baglioni family.Visitors can plunge into history and the activity of the past by enjoying guided visits by appointment.

Reviewed By Orientalina - Perugia

For 150 years, Moretti-Caselli family members have been making and restoring stained glass works in some of Italy's major churches, including Saint Francis in Assisi and the Duomo of Orvieto.

Their craft is exquisite because the glass serves as canvas that is then minutely and meticulously painted. The family's glass workshop is inside a 14h-century palazzo located in the historic center of Perugia.
Visitors are welcomed in a small room containing family archives, including books and old photos. Next they proceed to the furnace room, which is still in working order. It looks like an alchemist's studio, with shelves of jars, each one filled with pigments. Afterwards comes the vaulted main room, bathed in sunlight and packed with all sorts of extravagnat furniture, plaster models, cartons, glass of every shape and color.

The star of the visit is a life-size portrait of Margherita of Savoy, Regina Margherita, wife of King Umberto I and Italy's first queen consort. She stands against the rich red of a silky damask curtain and almost impossible to believe, she is made from painted glass.
There are many more splendid pieces in the workshop including a rendering of Perugino's "Incoronation of the Virgin" but the 19th-century Queen is mesmerizing. She could be in any of the world's great museums but she's still in the home of those who created her. Don’t miss this fantastic experience!

3. Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti

Via Tiberio Berardi 5/6 | Traversa di Via Faina, 06123, Perugia, Italy +39 075 40236
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Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti

Monday to friday: am 8,30-12,30 pm 3-6, Saturday and Sunday also available by appointment. The exclusive workshop is located in the fascinating, deconsecrated Romanesque church of San Francesco delle Donne. In August open every morning from Monday to Friday, afternoon and weekend by appointment. Closed the first two weeks of February.

Reviewed By lovenewplaces - Michigan

We knew nothing about weaving and visited on the strength of Trip Advisor reviews. What a wonderful experience! The setting was beautiful and so were the displays of fabrics and textiles. However, what made the the visit so memorable was the owner; she not only explained everything in great detail, she actually demonstrated the working of this museum-quality, ancient equipment . Not only that, but we were ALLOWED to participate and to touch both the priceless machines and the resulting fabrics! How many museums can say that???

4. Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio

Monte Vibiano Vecchio di Mercatello, 06072, Perugia, Italy +39 075 878 3386
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Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio

From June 2010 there is one more reason to visit Umbria: Monte Vibiano's eco-tours are the key to discover the secrets of its worldwide-famous wines and olive oil while touring its spectacular estate in central Italy. All tours are conducted aboard electric vehicles around Monte Vibiano, the first 0 greenhouse-emissions farm in Italy. Visitors gather at the wine cellar in the valley and from here they board electric vehicles for a ride to the nearby hills and fields, across hectares of vineyards and olive groves. There is always something happening here, no matter the time of the year: from picking grapes for Monte Vibiano's refined red and whites, to hand-picking olives from century-old trees, the eco-tours are always a chance to observe exciting aspects of life in the fields. The highlight of the visit is a stop at 'vigna Lorenzo', a jaw-dropping vineyard extending for several hectares, a natural jewel that takes its name from that of Monte Vibiano's CEO, Lorenzo Fasola Bologna. From 'Vigna Lorenzo' visitors can see the historic Monte Vibiano castle towering over the valley: it is 2,000-year-old and currently the home of the Fasola Bologna family, owners of Monte Vibiano. With a descent to the valley, the electric vehicles return to the wine cellar and the brand new "Green Wine Bar", made of recycled materials. Here it is possible to taste Monte Vibiano's exquisite wines and bruschetta, seasoned with the company's signature frozen olive oil. The "Green Wine Bar" is inspired by Monte Vibiano's ecological Mission and designed by Monte Carlo designer Maryam Fasola Bologna with old woods and hundreds of unused corks.

Reviewed By Gianluca B - Foligno, Italy

We were there on May 30th and had a beautiful experience with my Swedish friends Fredrik Pahlett, Jorgen Johansson, Andreas Lengyel and Andreas Stromberg.
Lorenzo Fasola Bologna and his family invited us to the castle before visiting with the electric cars the most antique vineyard Vigna Lorenzo (217 b.C.). Great hospitality and amazing passion for the nature!
Then the wine tasting....Maria Camilla white wine was our favorite! Thank you Dalila for the nice presentaion and beautiful smile!
See you soon!!

5. Fondazione Marini Clarelli Santi - Casa Museo degli Oddi

Via Dei Priori 84, 06123, Perugia, Italy +39 075 573 4844
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Fondazione Marini Clarelli Santi - Casa Museo degli Oddi

The Palazzo degli Oddi, then Clarelli Marini, today House Museum is located in the heart of the city of Perugia in the area where there were already in the medieval era homes of the family, in one of the five most important streets leading to the main square. The palace was built around the middle of the sixteenth century and was inhabited until the middle of nineteenh century. The last owner, the Marchioness Barbara Marini Clarelli, painter, restorer and expert in local history, for testamentary disposition wanted it to be set up a foundation that would combine his name with that of her beloved husband, the famous art historian Francesco Santi in such a way that the Palace could be made accessible and could become a place of study for the history of degli Oddi family, one of the oldest Italian nobility that significantly had a significant influence on the history of Perugia during the Middle Ages. Today the House Museum still bears historical furnishings.

Reviewed By Intenditore - Manchester

Excellent guided tour in Italian or English though the guide was kind enough to put up with my modest Italian. Interesting house with nice view over the back and mostly original furniture which is unusual. This viewing is free, with the times as advertised. Well worth a visit

6. Tempio di Sant'Angelo - Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

Via del Tempio, Perugia, Italy +39 075 572 2624
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Tempio di Sant'Angelo - Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

Reviewed By Jagggs - Santa Barbara, CA

If you want a chance to sit quietly or re-boot,visit this round church, one of the oldest in Italy. To get there you will most likely walk along a Roman aquaduct. You won't find tons of signage/history, but St. Michael the Archangel is in all the guidebooks. Its setting in a green lawn is quiet and peaceful, perfect for a short nap or to sit in he sun. The church's interior is cool (both in temperature and ambiance) and take time to study the circle of pillars to notice their varying sizes and heights due to "re-purposing."

7. Old Town

Perugia, Italy
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Old Town

Reviewed By lollygal - New York City, New York

Perugia is a very special Umbrian Italian city that has it all! It has the old history and many beautiful buildings, piazzas, Cathedral, basillica--modern bars, restaurants and shopping! Yes! A lot of very good shopping! We spent a great evening here. We parked and wandered around the historic sites, then watched the sunset over the valley with wine. We had drinks and apps in a wine bar and still felt like we needed another day back!

8. Basilica di San Pietro

Via Borgo XX Giugno, 06100, Perugia, Italy +39 075 33753
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Basilica di San Pietro

Founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in 1463, this grand Gothic Cathedral is a worthwhile stop when visiting Perugia.

Reviewed By Dumos - Montreal, Canada

What a beautiful Cathedral, full of mosaics, with the whole church covered in art. Went there for Sunday Mass, officiated by the resident Bishop who was joined by a small by very enjoyable choir.
The Church is simply Spectacular, surrounded by Gardens and lecture halls. It is truly a gem and should not be missed, if visiting Perugia

9. Rocca Paolina

Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy +39 075 572 8440
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Rocca Paolina

Reviewed By TNTATTHEBEACH - St. Pete Beach, Florida

Who doesn’t love to leisurely stroll through an underground palace slash city that is spotlessly clean, free and has escalators running through it. The signage and informative placards were done very well. We wished we were still here for the very large market that is being assembled currently. The moral of the story is - pay the church (quasi government) the usurious salt tax or suffer the consequences. It’s like an unsuccessful Boston Tea Party - only a few hundred years earlier.

10. Via dell’Acquedotto

Via delli'Acquedotto, Perugia, Italy
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Via dell’Acquedotto

Reviewed By kpiddy - Brisbane, Australia

In 1254 the city of Perugia built a three kilometre aqueduct which ended at Fontana Maggiore in Piazza IV Novembre, today you can walk a small section of the aqueduct as we did on our way over to Tempio di Sant'Angelo on the northern side of the town.

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