Situated in central Italy, north of Rome, Perugia is a hilltop city that evokes the glories of the Renaissance. For centuries, arts and culture have flourished here amongst the winding, sloping streets and open piazzas. Chic Retreat’s luxury hotels and villas reflect this tradition, with some based in ancient castles, some dating as far back as the 9th century.  With daily flights throughout most of the year to nearby Rome and easy links from Florence, Perugia makes an excellent destination for those wanting a culture hit, and to explore the glorious Umbrian countryside.


Where to go


Perugia’s cathedral, Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Lorenzo, makes for a glorious few hours admiring its Baroque and Renaissance treasures, including those in the cathedral museum. Both the Palazzo dei Priori, or Town Hall and the Rocca Paolina, the fortress dominating the town’s skyline, continue the theme for those who seek to explore Perugia’s storied past. Further afield,. Assisi has treasures to offer and Spoleto has spectacular Roman remains. Those who enjoy a glass of Chianti will be in heaven, with the wine-producing towns of Montefalco and Torgiano a short drive away from Perugia. Many of the local vineyards host tours and tastings regularly throughout the warmer months.


Food & Drink


With roots stretching back to the Etruscan period, and refined over the centuries in farmhouses, the cuisine of Perugia is simple, hearty fare. The region is famous for its sausages and cured hams. As an area where truffles are found, these delectable fungi also make an appearance on the menu. Chocolate lovers won’t miss out - Baci, the famous italian chocolate treats were first manufactured by the Perugina company in the town. To get a real understanding of the Perugian way of eating, we recommend La Lemura (Corso Bersaglieri 22), a favourite in the area known for authentic local dishes you won’t find elsewhere.

Nightlife

For a local bar with an unparalleled moonlit view over the Umbrian hills, Punto di Vista (Viale Indipendenza 2) can’t be beat. For something a little more fast-paced, H2NO (Via Baldeschi, 12/a) is a fun, quirky bar that features Roman archways and a great drink selection.


How to get there

Perugia is easily accessible by car, train and bus from the nearest airports at Rome and Florence. Flights to Rome depart many UK airports daily, including from London Stansted.

Where to stay

Castello di Petroia is situated in authentic medieval fortresses, giving a distinct feel for region’s turbulent past. Don’t be fooled, however it ensures a luxury experience with fine dining, stylish decor and welcoming grounds very much at the forefront of your visit.  Elsewhere, Villa Metato has a much more modern vintage, dating back to the 18th century, but is a splendid, intimate villa for two - perfect for a romantic break.

 

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Borgo della Marmotta

BORGO DELLA MARMOTTA

poreta, italy

Feel at home at Borgo della Marmotta, a 20 room agriturismo (though much more like a boutique hotel) in the heart of Umbria. This estate has been beautifully restored and also has 3 houses to rent at neighbouring Villa della Genga.
La Cuccagna

LA CUCCAGNA

gubbio, italy

La Cuccagna is a traditionally built Italian Chic Retreat set in the heart of the Umbrian countryside between Perugia and Gubbio. Owners, Sarah and Salvatore, who live on the first floor, have painstakingly restored this charming farmhouse into a simple boutique hotel in Umbria with 5 rooms and suites and an apartment for two.

Locanda del Gallo

LOCANDA DEL GALLO

perugia, italy

Manicured lawns, gardens and a sun-kissed swimming pool surround Locanda del Gallo a charming 10 room boutique hotel between Perugia and Gubbio, Umbria, Italy. 

Relais Casamassima

RELAIS CASAMASSIMA

perugia, italy

The owners of Casamassima are art, nature and music lovers which is evident throughout this beautifully decorated Chic Retreat.  The Italians call it an 'agriturismo' but actually it is far more than that and offers most of the amenities that boutique hotels boast. The 3 suites are spacious and charming and with Perugia only 15 minutes away the location is absolutely perfect.

Villa Col di Casale

VILLA COL DI CASALE

pietralunga, italy

'Stunning', 'idyllic', 'paradise found' and 'beyond expectations' are just some of the words used by previous guests to describe Villa Col di Casale, a fully-equipped luxury villa, sleeping 8, in the Umbrian countryside. Perfect for friends & families this countryside hideaway is a fabulous private alternative to a boutique hotel in Umbria.
Villa della Genga

VILLA DELLA GENGA

spoleto, italy

Villa della Genga is part of the Le Terre di Poreta estate just 20 minutes from Perguia, Umbria. Made up of 3 self-catering houses with a shared swimming pool, this Chic Retreat is a great private alternative to a boutique hotel in Umbria.
Borgo dei Conti Resort

BORGO DEI CONTI RESORT

perugia, italy

Borgo dei Conti is for those who are passionate about food, luxury, culture and Italy. Overlooking the valley of the Nestore river, this extraordinary boutique hotel in Umbria ticks all the boxes and is just 10 minutes from Perugia and 20 minutes from the Golf Club Lamborghini. It boasts its own restaurant, spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, tennis court and gym.
Borgo di Carpiano

BORGO DI CARPIANO

perugia, italy

Just 8 miles from Gubbio in Umbria, Borgo di Carpiano is a small boutique hotel surrounded by olive trees and forest with a lovely pool and organic vegetable garden. Once a ruin, this gorgeous Chic Retreat is one of the most charming places to stay in the green heart of Italy and is only 20 minutes from Perugia airport.

Castello di Petroia

CASTELLO DI PETROIA

perugia, italy

Situated between Gubbio and Perugia Castello di Petroia is steeped in history and dates back to the 9th-century.  Relax by the pool, visit nearby Umbrian towns or explore the estate and its parkland before heading back for an elegant culinary experience.

Slow Life Umbria

SLOW LIFE UMBRIA

passignano s/t (pg), italy

Slow Life Umbria is a small boutique hotel in Castel Rigone, just 10 minute's drive from Perugia, Umbria. Relaxation is the order of the day and guests can easily while away the days by the outdoor pool of this wonderfully-restored 17th-century farmhouse.

Villa Metato

VILLA METATO

perugia, italy

Villa Metato is a romantic boutique retreat in the Upper Tiber Valley in Umbria, just a few miles from Tuscany. Surrounded by 12 acres of private forest, this Chic Retreat offers the perfect escape in a stylishly renovated 18th-century villa.

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