Perugia, the capital of Umbria and the province which bears its name, is not a city easily overlooked, nor should it be.Surrounded by two perimeter walls – the inner Etruscan with 7 ancient gates built of massive stone and an outer Medieval ring intact over several kilometers – its historic centre is a 14th Century Gothic dream. Yet while its monumental buildings may speak of the past, the energy on its broad streets is decidedly present-day. For Perugia is a seat of learning, with both a major university founded in 1308 and Italy’s foremost University for Foreigners. Add other schools of art, music and translation and the reason for the city’s vibrancy and the many locales one can eat, drink and shop become clear.

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