What to do in 3 days in Perugia. The perfect vacation

What to do in 3 days in Perugia. The perfect vacation

What to do in 3 days in Perugia. The perfect vacation

What to do in 3 days in Perugia. The perfect vacation

The weekend is just around the corner and we have the need for the perfect vacation of culture, nature and good food? Here then, 3 days in Perugia can come to our rescue. The Umbrian city, which can be visited comfortably on foot, will allow us to disconnect with the routine by giving us a weekend full of positive emotions and unforgettable experiences. A word of advice: the best way to visit a city like Perugia is accompanied by a tour guide. Check out our tour in Perugia.

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Day one: the center of Perugia
We will dedicate the first of our 3 days in Perugia to cultural visits.
We start our vacation in Perugia, early in the morning, starting from the historic center, more precisely from the very central Piazza IV Novembre, the beating heart of Perugia. 

From this enchanting place we will be able to admire the marvelous Baroque of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and, just opposite, the majestic Palazzo dei Priori. Sacred and profane facing each other.

Inside, the Palace houses one of the most important museums in the region, the National Gallery of Umbria, which holds masterpieces by Pinturicchio, Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Perugino and Duccio di Buoninsegna. 

After lunch, let's leave Piazza IV Novembre behind and head to the famous Etruscan Well, dating back to 300 B.C., a full 37 meters deep, one of the city's best-known engineering works. From here it is also possible to visit, again on foot, Perugia's Medieval Aqueduct.

Staying still in the center of Perugia, let's head to another beautiful square, Piazza Italia, where there is the Fountain of the Siren and other beautiful period buildings such as that of the Bank of Italy and the Prefecture. This is a great opportunity to try Torta al Testo, one of the most beloved street-foods in Perugia. 

From where we are, a visit to the Rocca Paolina and its basement is recommended. This was an ancient fortress now equipped with an escalator that will allow you to relive the history of Perugia, while also visiting the Rocca Museum. 

If sunset time is now approaching, we can end the first of the 3 days in Perugia by soaking in the view from the Carducci Gardens, which are located just behind the Prefecture Palace. 

Day 2: churches and chocolate
We will devote the second of our 3 days in Perugia to two important churches and we will do so at a leisurely pace.
Our vacation in Perugia starts again from the center, late in the morning, but this time our first stop will be St. Peter's Abbey, one of the most important religious complexes in the city, which stands in a sacred area of Etruscan-Roman origin. 
Inside, you will find three majestic naves separated by columns with Ionic capitals and an opulence of works of art. A visit to the cloisters and botanical gardens, library and 'Art Treasures' Gallery is also very nice.

Next stop, after a walk of about ten minutes at a leisurely pace, is the Convent of San Domenico, with its Gothic bell tower that can be seen from all parts of Perugia. 
Recommended is to stop for lunch in this neighborhood, Borgo Bello, and then opt for an afternoon in which to do some extra-cultural activity, if we can call it that.

The suggestion is to get out of the historic center to visit one of the many attractions the city has to offer. Among the many things to do in Perugia in an afternoon, the most popular is definitely a visit to the Perugina Chocolate House, with an accompanying tasting. 
Ideal for young and old, but also to recharge the batteries and end the day on a sweet note.

Day three: Perugia and its surroundings
The last of our 3 days in Perugia, actually, we want to dedicate it to discovering the city's surroundings. Outside Perugia, in fact, you can visit in a single day towns and cities unique in Italy and the world: Assisi, Gubbio and Passignano sul Trasimeno.
The city of St. Francis is still one of the most popular destinations for tourists. 
It will be enough to take a train from Assisi to Perugia, with a very minimal expense.
Here it will be possible to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola, the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Cathedral of San Rufino.

Gubbio is also popular, as an exponent of Umbria's most beautiful villages. The historic center, with its medieval charm, will take you back in time. Gubbio's top attractions certainly include the Church of San Francesco, Piazza Grande, the Civic Museum, the Roman Tower, the Roman Theater and the Antiquarium.
Also among the most beautiful villages in Italy is Passignano sul Trasimeno, located on the northern shores of the lake of the same name. 
The village, about 20 km from Perugia, is a small fishing village stretched toward the shores of the lake and dominated by the medieval fortress above.
There are plenty of activities to do, but you can also just stroll along the lake or even relax on the beach. Ferries also depart from here to explore the lake. 

After these 3 days in Perugia of slow tourism, including history, culture, gastronomy and nature, Umbria will have carved out a little place in our hearts. Come the next available weekend, we will already know where we want to return.