Near the Tiber River is the city of Perugia, located in the Umbria region. With a population of 162,275 (recorded in 2007), Perugia is not a major city, but it is a major center for art. This little city has many stories from as far back as 251 BC. Many faces passed through Perugia s streets: from saints to painters, writers to rulers all of which holds importance today. On several occasions the city was a place for independence from the rest of it's neighbors, as various rulers used it's great city walls (constructed 22 centuries ago) for protection. In early times travelers could enter the city through several different roadways while Rome was still a developing little village. During the eighteenth century the French had conquered Perugia, with Austria claiming it next. Finally, in 1860 this great city became a part of Italy.
Take a walk through the inner walls of Perugia and embrace the stories told by ancient Fresco paintings. There is no shortage of historic structures in Perugia, with churches dating back as far as the sixth century. You will feel as if you are actually walking in the fifteenth century, twisting through the tight streets and cobblestone sidewalks. Take a trip to the top of the city to capture the view of the thirteenth century water fountain located in the heart of the city. As ancient as the city is, you might know more about it than you think: the famous "Kisses" chocolates come from the heart of Perugia. No matter what time of the year you re traveling through, you re sure to stumble upon interesting festivals Perugia is known to host. From dining in, to original pizzerias, or warming up with an espresso cuisine is important to any Italian. Be sure to try a taste of what Italy has to offer.