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Perugia is well known for three things: the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Eurochocolate Fair and Perugino’s masterpieces. Actually, tourists and visitors will be delighted to explore everything else the city has to offer. Wear your sneakers and be ready for a long walk!
THINGS TO DO IN PERUGIA
Perugia is known as “the city of chocolate”, and the 22nd edition of the famous chocolate fair will liven up its streets very soon.
Another important event takes place in Perugia in the summertime: with many open-air free concerts, as well as smaller performances held in different places all around the city, featuring international artists, the Umbria Jazz Festival stands out for the high quality of its music.
After all, many artists and famous painters, such as Perugino (byname of Pietro Vannucci) were born in Perugia. If you have the chance to spend one day in Perugia, make the monuments tour the first thing you do on your visit, besides enjoying amazing glimpses of the city. Starting from the cathedral of San Lorenzo and the portico “Loggia del Braccio” located on its side, reach the fountain “Fontana Maggiore” in the middle of the central square, Piazza IV Novembre, and save some time to visit the ancient Roman aqueduct along the Via Appia road. Do not miss out different sites interesting from an artistic viewpoint, such as the building “Palazzo dei Priori” that hosts the Nation Gallery of Umbria where visitors can admire 15th century masterpieces of Piero della Francesca, Perugino, Duccio Buoninsegna and many others.
WHAT TO EAT IN PERUGIA
Perugia is a great culinary destination. Our suggestion is to not leave the city without having tried one of its special dishes. Its cooking is related to ancient flavours, deriving from the local tradition, and it is characterized by simplicity and quality.
Among the starters, we suggest you to try “capocollo”, a red-colour pork cold cut with a fatty texture.
Delicious first courses are “Gnocchi con sugo d’oca” (potato dumplings with goose sauce) and “Spaghetti al rancetto” (spaghetti seasoned with bacon, onion, garlic, marjoram, tomato and shredded pecorino cheese).
Note “Gobbi alla perugina” down (marinated cardoons with oil, lemon juice and minced parsley, firstly battered and fried in oil, then put in the oven alternating with levels of meat sauce and parmesan cheese).
Ham, cold cuts, cheeses and meats are the real protagonists of Perugia’s cuisine. Among the traditional dishes, the “Faraona alla leccarda” is worthwhile: guinea-fowl meat seasoned with chicken livers, herbs and white wine sauce.
Find some time to visit Perugia and discover its cultural heritage, as well as some of the most renowned dishes of the Italian art of cooking!