Perugia train station, also known as Perugia Fontivegge, is found around 3 km from the city’s historic centre. This grand building, opened in 1866, has three large arches that welcome passengers through the main entrance. Inside, visitors can see a sculpture dating back to Roman times and honouring Perugia’s part in the war against Hannibal. There are four platforms here with 60 trains passing through each day but running largely regional services (although there are some intercity services too). Direct trains link Florence to Perugia in 2 hours. With a transfer, major Italian cities like Rome are as a little as 2h40mins away, whilst Milan-Perugia can be achieved in around 4 hours. To get around the city, there is a subway connected to the station, which can be reached from platform 1, and it arrives in the centre within 5 minutes. Alternatively, there are buses and taxis waiting to take passengers to their destination. Although the largest, this isn’t the city’s only station — there’s also Ponte San Giovanni, on the outskirts, and centrally-located Sant'Anna, which only offers local services.
Although the centre of Perugia is easily accessible thanks to public transport, there are also places of interest within a 10-minute walk from Perugia train station. These include the green space of Parco della Pescaia, which is home to an outdoor theatre. It’s also an important area for natural spring waters, which have been serving the community for many centuries. A further 5-minute stroll leads to the nearby Santa Giuliana gardens — a site that dates back to the mid 1200s. It is dominated by an ancient monastery, founded in 1523, and its cloister (covered walkway) is considered one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture. The Gothic-style church that is attached contains many frescoes to admire.
After taking the metro into the historic centre, visitors will find that the downtown area is one of the best to eat in. Starting at the Fontana Maggiore, the streets around here are packed with restaurants and cafes to taste some typical Umbrian cuisine. In particular, crostini with chicken liver, gnocchi with duck sauce and roasted pigeon are all famous dishes associated with the region. Desserts to taste include torciglione (a pagan pastry that comes in the shape of a snake) and pinoccate (diamond-shaped sweets with pine nuts). Be sure to buy some baci (meaning ‘kisses’), which are little chocolates made with hazelnuts and wrapped with love notes written in several languages!
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