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Perugia, capital of Umbria, has a center which is located on a hill at approximately 450 meters. From here you can admire the rest of the city and its surroundings thanks to the numerous viewpoints. The Etruscan town is easily reached on foot through sheer escalators.
In the sixteenth century a castle was commissioned by Pope Paul III, the Rocca Paolina, to protect the city from attack. The most special part can now be found under the ground and above, at the site of the castle, there is now a garden with stunning views over the city. From the park you walk into the Corso Vannucci which leads to the main square Piazza IV Novembre with its beautiful Fontana Maggiore. Next to the fountain you will find here the unfinished Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori with the museum Galleria Nazionale dell 'Umbria which are also worth a visit.
Università per stranieri
Perugia is a university town and is famous for the Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners), the oldest university in Italy in the field of Italian language and culture primarily aimed at foreign students. Especially in the summer months lots of students come here to learn the Italian language.
Events
Furthermore, the city is known for its festivals such as Umbria Jazz where you can enjoy Jazz concerts during 10 days in July, and Eurochocolate where you can taste delicious chocolate for a few days in October. So Perugia is also the chocolate capital of Italy.