In Perugia, the memories of the life of St. Francis are tied to the beauty of the Umbrian capital, which has some of the most beautiful sights of Umbria and is presented as a jewel of Italian art from Etruscan times to the present day. In town you can visit the church of San Francesco al Prato, the Oratory of San Bernardino, the Convent of St. Agnes, the subject of oratory of San Francesco, the convents of... continue
Piazza Giordano Bruno is dominated by the imposing structure of the Chiesa di San Domenico. During the early Middle Ages, this area was the site of the local horse market and fair. Tradition has it that the church was designed by Giovanni Pisano. In any case, its construction was completed in 1458, the year in which is was consecrated to St. Stephen by Pope Pius II. Before the 17th-century renovation of the... continue
I was walking up along Corso Garibaldi, which itself was obscure and lonely enough, when I caught sight of the sign which pointed to this park. So I heeded it, and after two tiny lanes and through an iron gate, I ended up in paradise! The Parco di Ponte San Angelo is a very well-hidden gem in Perugia. Unlike the noisy and tourist filled park at Piazza Italia, here you can have the whole place to yourself. And the... continue
Every fall in the Umbrian town of Perugia, there is held a 10-day festival which brings choco-holics from far and wide. The Eurochocolate Festival is an amazing display of chocolate in all forms, from thick hot chocolate infused with liqueurs and pastries filled with chocolate cream, to enormous chocolate bars and chocolate cups filled with alcohol. We were lucky enough to experience the mania during our holiday in... continue
During my trip to Umbria, I had the chance to visit many archeological sites and museum. The National Archeological Museum of Perugia left me with a pleasant surprise.
This museum is loaded with Etruscan antiquities displayed in a simple manner. The antiquities are remarkable, but the displays are not elaborate. It seems that the budget for this museum was quite limited, but it remains one of my fondest memories of... continue