Culture-filled days sit next to lively nights on city breaks to Perugia – one of Italy’s prime university cities.
Perugia city breaks
This picturesque city sits in the centre of Italy, and it’s the capital of the country’s Umbria region. With more than 2,500 years of history behind it, Perugia’s a popular spot for culture vultures and history buffs, who flock here to see its centuries-old sights. Attractions like the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore fountain and the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, with its 3,000 plus pieces of artwork, have been drawing crowds to the city for decades. However, there’s another side to Perugia. It’s one of Italy’s best-known university cities, with a large student population drawn from all four corners of the globe. So, a thriving nightlife scene and a cosmopolitan mix of characters are both on the cards here, too.
Dance the night away at the Umbria Jazz Festival
The Umbria Jazz Festival takes place in the city every July. Since it started in 1973, it’s welcomed some of the most famous musicians on the planet, including the likes of Alicia Keys and Sting. The biggest names take to the stage in the city’s Santa Giuliana stadium, but there are free open-air performances from lesser-known names in the city centre’s main square, too.