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Perugia

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  • Day24

    Awesome Landscapes

    April 24 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    On Tueday we found our way to Perugia, the capital city of both the region of Umbria and the province of Perugia. The history here is mind-boggling, and dates back to the 3rd century BC! Equally astounding are the views from virtually anywhere you go in this hilltop city. From our hotel room we can look across the valley and see, 24kms away, the city of Assisi, home of St-Francis, which we plan to visit while we're here.

    Rather than try to cramp everything into this one blog, I'm going to break our seven day stay here into small chunks, starting with a few photos of the views. Enjoy!
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  • Day24

    Scary Dark Places

    April 24 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    As one walks through Perugia, you are struck by the antiquity of the place. Many of the masonry walls surrounding you date back over eight hundred years. The stone carving is exquisite and the passages, tunnels and archways are unbelievably well conceived and engineered, even by today's standards. Of course, they would have to be in order to remain standing for so long.

    But I have to admit, sometimes passing through these dark portals, where so many countless others have previously trodden, wearing away the stairs and cobblestones, I get a serious case of the creeps.

    One such place in particular is Rocca Paolina, a Renaissance fortress that was built in 1540-1543 for Pope Paul III, thus the name.

    So large was the project, it destroyed many Etruscan, Roman and medieval buildings, as well as over a hundred tower-houses, gates, churches and monasteries. It turned the former streets of the historic city center into underground passageways, which Brenda and I briefly visited on Wednesday. Despite a temperature of 20°C outside, the air within the Rocca was very cool and damp and we had only begun our exploration when we decided we would have to return another day wearing warmer clothing.

    As is usually the case with these huge structures, photos cannot convey their vastness and breadth, but hopefully the attached images show a little of the magic we're experiencing.
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  • Day16

    Perugia

    August 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Cestou do Assisi jsme se zastavili v Perugii. Perugia je jedno z nejlépe dochovaných italských měst. Má krásné náměstí s fontánou, katedrálou, kupeckou síní a Palazzem dei Priori, ve kterém se nachází muzeum, galerie a údajně nejkrásnější banka světa. 🤑 Jo a ve znaku mají grifa, který je ve městě téměř všude. Ještě, že nám místní nerozumějí. Asi by se podivovali nad otázkou: "To je ten okřídlený pes?" Představu, jak pro nás vypadá "okřídlený pes" můžete získat z fotky v galerii. 😉Read more

  • Day11

    Perugia

    September 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    Perugia is the capital of this region and has been for centuries. We got a very good tour that helped us understand the history associated with the buildings and art. It goes back to the Etruscans (gate photo). Over the centuries the remnants of the Etruscan walls were used as the foundations for villas and palaces.

    The town symbol is the Griffin -- shades of Harry Potter. Check out the window with sweets. Even without indulging I am sure I have gained five pounds here.

    We spent our free time in a museum. I'm getting the hang of it -- this one did a nice job of documenting the development of art from the 12th through the 16th century. While the main story was the development of perspective, we also witnessed the evolution of color, realism, and towards the end emotion and scenes from daily life.
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  • Day28

    Basilica San Domenica

    April 28 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Just down the street from our hotel in Perugia is the Basilica San Domenica. We first saw it when we arrived here and immediately decided we wanted to pay it a visit. Like so many of the buildings and monuments we've visited, this place is ENORMOUS. To get an idea of its size, look at the photo of Brenda standing next to the entrance door.

    Originally built in two phases between 1304 and 1458, it was rebuilt in 1632 following a series of collapses.

    Not only is the size of the structure impressive, but so is the artwork, stained glass and carvings. Particularly striking are the 14th-century funerary monument to Pope Benedict XI, carved in marble and extremely detailed, and the 21-meter-tall stained-glass window that dates to 1411. The pipe organ is a "recent" addition and dates to the 16th century.

    As we toured the church, we found exposed portions of original frescoes that had, at some time, been plastered over during renovations.

    It boggles the mind to think how much beautiful art may be hidden behind the more modern walls. But then, I suppose the same can be said for this entire city, that has been built up over Etruscan ruins.

    And previous to that, Etruscan builders would have covered up traces left behind by Neanderthals 200,000 years ago.

    Time marches on.
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  • Day14

    Perugia

    March 14, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Vibrant city, very young and multi-cultural because of tons of students from abroad. Great place to party, but a visits worthy for art- and architecture-lovers too.

    Stayed in the city centre for two nights, then headed to stay at a small farmhouse-hostel at the countryside. One of my best decisions to go there - I enjoyed the sun, went hiking for days and had fun with a guitar, a bonfire, the stars and some nice guys I met there.Read more

  • Day2

    Perugia

    July 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After a long nights sleep we all woke refreshed. We headed down to the breakfast area at the hotel where we ate a hearty breakfast. We checked out of the hotel then walked to the Termini railway station which was less than 10 minutes away. We had planned to catch the 1053 train leaving Rome to Perugia. We however had a last minute change of plan and checked out the rental cars. At the Hertz counter we were told that all the cars were manual. At that point we are almost ready to head back to catch the train. We were struggling to communicate with him our needs. We decided to try budget avis instead. More queuing. The Avis lady was a lot better. She immediately offered us an automatic car on a good deal. We picked up the car from a nearby garage where the lift had broken down so there was more queuing again for only lift working. We collected the car - a brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 d shooting brake. Very comfortable with the same controls as my regular car. We waited a while to get the GPS fixed then we were off driving on the streets of Rome. This is not for the faint of heart, driving on the opposite side of the road with crazy Italian drivers all coming at you from every direction beeping their horns. Fortunately it was Saturday late morning and there wasn't too much traffic on the road. John really had to keep his wits about him as we managed to get out of the center of Rome and onto the main highway leading to Florence. The local drivers all ignore the speed limits. The maximum speed seems to be about 130 km per Hour. At least that's what the GPS indicated. After a while we got used to the roads. About one hour outside of room we stopped at a roadside service area where we bought some supplies. We arrived in Perugia at around 230 that afternoon. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the town about 4 km . We could see the historic center of Perugia on the nearby hillside from the hotel. Perugia is the capital of Umbria.

    The kids and John had a swim at the swimming pool. The water was very cold. After that we headed into the historic part of the city. It was a struggle to find a car park. After about a 500 m walk up steep steps and along narrow cobblestone streets we came upon a church where a wedding was being held. Further on from here we found an escalator. At the top of the escalator we emerged inside a fortress. We explored many of the cavenous rooms some of which had been used as a gallery to display art work. Above this area there are many grand buildings and a large plaza. After having happy hour drinks at a sidewalk cafe we ate at Al Tartufo. Not surprisingly given the name of this restaurant it specialized in the local truffles. I was informed by the restaurant owner that there are five different varieties of truffles that can be found near and around Perugia. Tonight we had black truffles. Delicious food. It was almost dark when we finished. We found our way down the hill to the car. Then back to the hotel and sleep. The next day we would be driving to Florence.
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  • Day3

    Florence & Arezzo

    July 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We made an early start getting up before 6.30 am. We were joined at breakfast by the local football team! After breakfast we set off to Florence for the day. The regular speed limit was 110 km/hr, but most drivers were traveling well in excess of that speed. Maybe it is because the police don't work on Sundays. There are however plenty of speed cameras on route Florence is 147 km from Perugia. It took us almost 2 hours to get there. After Parking the car we headed to the apartment of Rosalind Yunibhandu. Rosie had been based in Florence for almost 3 months. Although her apartment was small it was however well equipped and had real charm. It was located in 600 year old building and looked out in to a lovely garden courtyard. Rosie had spent much of the last 3 months touring the country meeting with regional food and wine producers. It was great to see her after more than 2 years.

    Sunday many of the usual cafes are closed. We crammed inside one of the small cafes that was open near her apartment. There was a good selection of bakery items, small tarts and excellent coffee, per usual.

    We spent a lot of time chatting and catching up on what we had all been up to. We all agreed that Italy was a great place to live and that the Italians really know how to live well.

    For lunch we went to X where we had great pasta washed down with a bottle of Prosecco. After saying our goodbyes to Rosie we headed off back to Perugia stopping on route at Arezzo.

    Arezzo is a city in eastern Tuscany, Italy. The hilltop Arezzo Cathedral features painted vaulted ceilings and a 15th-century fresco of Mary Magdalene by Piero della Francesca. Nearby, the Basilica di San Francesco has a chapel decorated with more Piero frescoes. The Basilica di San Domenico contains the 13th-century “Crucifix” painted by Cimabue. The imposing Medicean Fortress has sweeping city views. After plenty of walking Stewart and John bought Gelate. There were many people dressed up in old costumes. Stewart joined in the fun buying a medieval helmet.

    After leaving Arezzo it was about 1 hour drove back to Perugia. That evening we ate at the hotel. The meal was rather disapointing.
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  • Day4

    Gubbio

    July 31, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After checking out of the hotel we set off in search of Gubbio. Gubbio is a medieval town in central Italy. High up in the mountains it is about 50 km from Perugia.

    After parking the car outside of the fortified walls of the town we set off to explore this town. After walking for more than an hour through the maze of winding streets we reached the Colle Eletto cable car which climbs to Mount Ingino. We ascended the mountain standing in little more than a metal "birdcage". Atop the mountain we had beer and soft drinks. After that we climbed a short distance to the 5-naved Sant’Ubaldo Basilica with views of the Apennines Mountains. Inside the Basilica is the 1000 year old embalmed body of St Ubaldo which sits inside a glass sacophagus. After coming down the mountain we had lunch at a nearby restaurant - Locanda del Cantiniere. Food here was superb and lived up to the high praise it had received in Trip Advisor. Stewart ate beef Tatare aka "Snappy Tom".

    We headed back to the car for the drive to Ancona. We passed through more than a dozen tunnels the longest of which was 1.2 km.

    We arrived in Ancona at 4 pm. The hotel "Ego" was located on the industrial fringe of the town on the coastal foreshore not too far from the main port. The hotel was new and modern with friendly staff.

    After having a relaxing happy hour drink at the hotel bar we headed out for dinner. The staff had recommended Tratoria Sot'Aj Archi. This Resturant specialized in Seafood. The mussels were excellent.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Perugia, بيرودجا, Perusa, Pérouse, פרוג'ה, PEG, ペルージャ, Perusia, Perosa, Перуджа, Перуђа, 佩鲁贾

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