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Umbria is known for its wonderful medieval hilltop towns and the undulating hills they perch upon. And Perugia is the capital of this beauty, a city with a wonderful historic centre, out of which emanates a tangle of wonderful historic alleyways. Some of the best places to stay in Perugia can be found along these cobbled streets; but if you’re looking for wonderful Umbrian peace and quiet as well as the bustle of this culturally rich university city then some of the best places to stay in Perugia for you will be found on the hills surrounding the city.
As well as being known for its medieval art and architecture, Perugia is also known for its chocolates. And it’s internationally renowned Jazz Festival, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition with the backdrop, as music fills the piazzas during the summertime, but there’s still plenty of cultural buzz if you come outside of festival time.
If you like the sound of the chocolates then you’ll want to visit the Casa del Cioccolato - which is an Italian chocolate factory par excellence. If you’re here for the art then you’ll find several of the greatest treasures in the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria which spans history from the Byzantine flavoured 13th Century to Gothic and Renaissance works. If you’re interested in the architecture then the Palazzo dei Priori is a ‘must-see’, a Gothic palace with details more usually seen on a fortress, and ornamentation more usually reserved for churches or cathedrals. Compared to this castle, Perugia’s actual cathedral, the Cattedral di San Lorenzo, looks rather stark and medieval, so it’s a great contrast and an equally fascinating place to see. The Basilica de San Pietro is more the sort of church you’ll be used to seeing in Umbria, a grand 10th Century mix of gilt and marble.
Beyond that there are museums, more graceful squares, impressive galleries, hallowed churches, restaurants. cafes and chocolate and gelato shops. Mmm, Italy.
- The Castello di Monterone is a 14th Century castle with 18 stylish rooms overlooking the beautifully undulating Umbrian countryside. There’s a hammam and a pool and you can also get a massage or have a private cooking lesson.
- Le Tre Vaselle is a beautiful five start hotel with a fabulous Italian restaurant and a weekly Italian cookery course. There’s also a beautiful pool and spa and an impressive wine cellar.
- The Country House Montali is a rustic country house surrounded by 25 acres of olive groves. There’s a beautiful garden and pool and an award winning restaurant specialising in vegetarian cuisine. And you’re just a short distance from Perugia, but far enough away for it to feel like an escape.
For great value
- The Relais il Canalicchio is a bit like a castle, set on a hill overlooking a lovely valley. There are 47 rooms, suites and apartments, so this is a large castle. There’s also a great Umbrian restaurant and a spa, tennis courts and a pool. But rooms start from less than £50 per night.
- The Castello dell'Oscano is actually a castle, a medieval one, converted into a 37 room hotel. The decor is traditional, as is the restaurant and the grounds, which have a pool and horse riding facilities.
The Best Places to Stay in Perugia - Adjacent
- The Borgo di Carpiano is a carefully restored hamlet in the hills with ten peaceful rooms and suites. As well as the wonderful views there’s also an infinity pool to enjoy them from.
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Best Hotels in Perugia
Relais il Canalicchio 47 rooms from $57Perugia
An enchanting castle-like hotel in Umbria set on a hill with charming valley views. A selection of traditional chic rooms, suites, or two-room apartments with balconies. Fantastic Umbrian restaurant, an extensive spa, tennis courts, gardens and a pool. An ideal spot for an active country escape.Families - Three two-room apartments are perfect for families.Views - Lovely views over the valleys below.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRomantic Break
Castello dell'Oscano 37 rooms from $109Perugia, Umbria
Go back in time in this Medieval Castle set in the Umbrian hills. Steeped in history with plush, antique decors to match. The restaurant serves traditional local cuisine, some from the organic vegetable plot. There is a well stocked library, expansive grounds a pool and horse riding facilities.Local markets - This region is famed for its food and Ponte San Giovanni is one of the largest markets in the area.Sights nearby - The Palazzo dei Priori, a Gothic Palace, houses the region's best collection of Umbrian artwork.Cooking classes - For up to 10 people. Truffle hunting can be arranged for small groups during the seasonSwimming Pool - Large outdoor pool
Castello di Monterone 18 rooms from $154Perugia
A 14th century castle located atop the Umbrian hills and rolling countryside. There is indoor and outdoor dining and a locally sourced menu. Stylish rooms ooze period charm: arched windows, exposed stone, four poster beds and whitewashed decor. There is a pool, hammam and massage available.Cooking classes - Learn the local cooking traditions with a private cooking class.Views - Gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding countrysideSights nearby - The Basilica di San Francesco is a must see.Spa - Small wellness area
Le Tre Vaselle 52 rooms from $178Perugia (Torgiano)
A beautiful Five Star hotel set in an historic country house. Romantic rooms are large with wooden floors, pretty bathrooms and chic textiles. Fabulous Italian restaurant and weekly cookery course, extensive spa, and wine cellars. Romantic, gourmet, pampering and informative.Cooking classes - In the kitchen with the chefs of ALMA, The International School of Italian CuisineFoodies - A weekly course is dedicated to the discovery of Italian food and wineWine tasting - The cellar of Le Tre Vaselle and Lungarotti museumsSpa - BellaUve Vinotherapy spa
Country House Montali 9 rooms from $274Perugia (Tavernelle di Panicale)
Rustic country house in 25 acres of olive groves. Interiors feature exposed stone walls, terracotta floors and views over the Umbrian hills. Outdoor pool and gardens. Award winning vegetarian cuisine in the restaurant. Indulgent, secluded and charming.Country Escape - Real peace in the Umbrian hills with an outdoor pool and 25 acres of olive groves to get lost inFoodies - Vegetarian haute cuisine in the restaurant, drawing on Italian and Brazilian influencesSights nearby - The historic towns of Perugia and Assisi can be reached in under an hourGreat walks - 20-minute drive from scenic Lake Trasimeno