Escorted Rail Tours to Perugia
Popes, chocolate and an underground city
The picturesque medieval walled town of Perugia stands proudly on a hilltop looking out across the Spoleto Valley, in a location very close to the geographical centre of Italy. This popular town has a long history; it was originally settled by the Etruscans in about the 9th century BC. After Roman and then Lombard occupation, Perugia remained largely independent and led a relatively undisturbed existence for hundreds of years. However, Perugia changed forever in the 13th century, when it came under Papal power. A series of monastic complexes were soon developed, and in the Renaissance period the town's increased wealth and influence saw the new nobility build a range of delightful palaces and other grand buildings.