It was one of those impromptu, last minute adventures that turned into one of the most memorable, calm & idyllic days & memory. Thank you Giuseppe.
Giuseppe invited me to come along with him to Perugia a day or two prior. I was hesitant because I usually like to plan out my trips, especially seeing that I was on a student budget & had to ensure that my funds would be sufficient. But that wasn’t a good enough reason to miss out because I know he’d have taken care of everything (what kind of man invites a young lady out & not take care of “everything? Definitely not the Italians! lol. They’re awesome!) and those are the kind of adventures we crave no? Last minute, little planning & living in the moment!
So, we left Siena early on December 1st, 2016….
Perugia is the capital city of the region Umbria which covers two-thirds of the entire region and has the largest lake in central Italy, Lake Tasimeno. It’s known as the Universities town for the University of Perugia which was founded in 1308 & for The Eurchocolate Festival, thanks to its very famous & worldwide know chocolate Bacio from the Perugina company.
To get up to the city, you take a tram which gives one an amazing outlook of Perugia from the air. This cost 1,50 euro, if I remember correctly.
What awaited me at the top, I never expected….
Standing 500 metres above sea level. The city was built on rising hills & was inhabited by the Etruscans & Romans.
A park we stopped at, Giardini Carducci. Such a peaceful oasis. Its the embodiment of Italy as many other parks in the other towns – a place where locals come to relax and what I like to refer to as “to just live”.
Porchetta is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast. It is deboned, spiced with a mixture of salt, pepper, fennel, garlic and rosemary & rolled on a metallic support, and roasted over a wood fire.
We ordered from Antia Salumeria Granieri Amato which has been serving porchetta from 1916. Of course it was tasty – an experience within itself!
Time to esplorare…..
For those who don’t know, I like to know about the place before I visit. So the evening before & even the day, I researched a bit about Perugia & learned about the…
Can you believe that It was completed in 1280 and later transformed into this beautiful terraced footpath above the huge medieval arches?
Looking like a gingerbread hehehe
There was something about the way that the light bounced off the bricks & that one street lamp hovered over the leafed walkway…
We explored all around Perugia but didn’t take many photos unfortunately. Eventually it was time for another food break! And we all know that’s my first name 😀
Hot Chocolate Break at Turan Café…
The Turan Café was used as a Goldsmith workshop years before. It’s an Open Chocolate laboratory
& offers a range of teas & deserts. The chocolate factory was my favorite. It was lined up with all types of chocolate flavors & condiments.
Another stop include the Perugina shop. It’s home to their famous Baci chocolate which has hazelnut in the middle and is wrapped in multilingual love notes. I got a set of chocolates along with a Baci monkey key ring. It now hangs near my mirror. I love it!
One last walk as the Christmas lights appeared…
Thank you Giuseppe for the invite. I miss Perugia & you of course!