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.

At a Glance

  • See masterpieces at the Umbria Gallery
  • Party by the Piazza IV Novembre
  • Head to the Umbria Jazz Festival

Best time to go to Perugia

Perugia’s weather’s a tale of two extremes. Temperatures in the high twenties and low thirties are common during the summer months, while the mercury hovers just above zero in winter. Spring and autumn are the best times to go, when the temperature usually sits comfortably in the mid-teens.

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