"Perche no Perugia?" Perugia by raintown4
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We had not intended to visit Perugia. Our tentative itinerary for this day was to visit Assisi or explore the Etruscan byways of southernmost Tuscany. The problem was that our luggage was still (3 days and counting) in the Alitalia black hole and we were beginning to suspect that we would never see it again. The clothing shortage was especially acute for Marisa and only slightly less so for Alice. Eli and I were doing OK with washing a few items each night in the bathroom sink.
We decided to go to Perugia because we knew it was a college town and figured that we would find some decent shopping. The shopping was indeed successful but the surprise was that we loved Perugia!The drive from Pienza to Perugia was unexceptional and no problem. Getting to the parking at Piazza Partigiani was another story. After driving around in circles for a bit, we stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. Alice got out and approached 2 men sitting at a table having a smoke. After a moment of talking, one of the men was on his way to his car, motioning me to follow him. We were not as close to the parking lot as we had thought. We followed him for a good 5 minutes through intersections and winding roads before he waved us into the lot.
We parked and took the "Scala Mobile" up to Corso Vannucci. The Scala Mobile is a series of escalators through an ancient underground tunnel- very cool! Once up on the traffic free Corso Vannucci, a Benetton was spotted and the shopping began.
As far as we are concerned, Perugia has it all. Over the course of ~6 hours we shopped, had an OK lunch and great gelato, went to the excellent Perugino exhibit at the Galleria Nazionale, walked on the acquedetto, visited the huge Museo Acheologico Nazionale dell' Umbria, the wildly ornate basilica of San Pietro and the medieval gardens of Orto Botanico.
PREVIOUS DESTINATION: SIENA
NEXT DESTINATION: FLORENCE
- Pros:several days worth of sites
- Cons:driving in the city
- In a nutshell:Perugia has it all- well worth a visit
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