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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perugia (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.