Perugia is famous for its amazing panoramic views, colourful history, its international universities, the many beautiful buildings and monuments and, of course, chocolate!
But for visiting children the initial big attraction will probably be the mini metro!
A ride on this mono rail is an experience not to be missed by anyone but especially if you are traveling with kids.
The mini metro runs between the parking areas and the Fontivegge train station to the Centro Storico or the centre of the old town. Tickets are just a couple of euros. Keep your entrance ticket as you need it to exit at the other end on the station. The trams run every few minutes. The most popular and largest parking spot is at the stadium and the mini metro is well sign posted. But you can choose to take an ordinary train from your nearest station and then hop onto the mini metro at Fontivegge.
I never take the car into Perugia. I can’t see the point. Parking is difficult and the streets are congested and you really do need to know exactly where you are going! Why get stressed out when it’s so easy to hop on to a train.
In under thirty minutes from the stations around the lake (Passignano, Castiglione, Magione ) you arrive at the outskirts of the city from where you can take a thrilling short journey on the mini metro followed by a series of escalators through the foundations of the old medieval fortress (La Rocca Paolis) up into the centre.
My advice would also be to take the kids down the escalators as well as up,because it is something that they will probably not experience anywhere else and great fun!
“La Rocca Paolis is the underground remains of an old fortress built by papal decree in the mid 1500s.
It offers an alternative route into Perugia is via escalators that takes you from parking at the city’s base, up through the foundations of this medieval fortress. During the Christmas season, this underground area is transformed into an arts-and-crafts market with music and entertainers. The kids will love it!
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An afternoon with Georgie and Alfie in Perugia
The video below gives a snapshot of the journey and a quick look at Perugia through the eyes of a child. It is only a snapshot! There is so much to see and do in Perugia! The museums, the art galleries, the shops, the Saturday market and last but certainly not least the amazing walk around the city walls. The views will astound you!
If you happen to be here now then you should also visit the Chocolate Festival!
Eurochocolate Festival 2016, at its 23rd edition, is from 14 until 23 October 2016.
Eurochocolate is the International Chocolate Exhibition. The largest of all the chocolate festivals in Europe. The event allows individuals to discover the different flavors of chocolate from cultures around the world.
For ten days every October about one million visitors will visit this event. The festival offers experimental tasting, cooking classes, performances, sculpting and art displays.
The main attractions are: the Chocolate Show, Eurochocolate World and the incredible life size Chocolate Sculptures.
A Chococard can be bought at the festival offering guests discounts, contests, prizes and free tastings.
Apologies. ..if there are any mistakes on this post! For some reason the WordPress app went crazy and it’s taken me absolutely ages to write and rewrite. Too exhausted to check any more ! Just want to publish before I lose the whole lot again!