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Indulge yourself at Perugia's famous Eurochocolate festival
Perugia's Unforgettable Umbrian Jazz Festival
Perugia, The Ancient Augusta Perusia
Umbria - a fascinating region of history and culture

Casale le Querce (Ref: 17872), Self catering villa in San Gemini, Italy 
Just a step away (5 minutes drive) from the medieval centre of San Gemini offering several supermarkets, butchers, grocery shops, a pharmacy, 24hr Petrol Station, cafés and excellent restaurants. San Gemini is well located to visit the neighbouring villages including Todi, Spoleto, Assisi, Narni, Orvieto and Perugia which are renowned for their history of art.   Sleeps 8.
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Perugia, The Ancient Augusta Perusia   by Paolo Mic

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Prior to Rome, Perugia was already a thriving town with 5 storical quarters closed-in by its Etruscan town walls. There were 7 portals allowing visitors to enter this wonderful town when Rome was no more than a mere campground with a few village huts. The most popular portal used to enter Perugia was Porta Pulchra.

When you enter this portal, the exterior that was remodeled in 1475 by Agostino di Duccio will engulf you. Once you enter, you will find the Basilica of St. Dominic on the right.
As you stroll along the streets of Perugia, you will envision life as it once was in the 15th century as you gaze upon such architectural designs as Palace of the Old University and Palace of the People's Captain. Perugia is full of historical buildings, which draw visitors from all over the world including the 13th century Major Fountain in the center of Priors Palace. The Priors Palace is one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Perugia. It is home to the National Museum of Umbria where you can see many unique artifacts from the entire area.

Other popular landmarks in Perugia include the stronghold of Rocca Paolina that was built during the 15th century and The Oratory of St. Bernardino, which is a magnificent masterpiece of the Renaissance era.

While you are exploring Perugia, you will also want to partake of some of the unique and local restaurants that offer a taste of Umbria such as La Locanda dei Golosi. La Locanda dei golosi offers accommodations for overnight stays, the restaurant that offers Granny Annetta's traditional recipes, and other amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pool, and guided tours.

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Other unique restaurants and farmhouses that you should visit while you in Perugia include Pegaso, Scilla, Villa Taticchi, to name just a few.

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Best Western Quattro Torri Perugia
Situated in Perugia, this business-friendly hotel is near Oratorio di San Bernardino, Rocca Paolina, and National Gallery of Umbrian. Additional attractions include Palazzo dei Priori. Dining options at Best Western Quattro Torri include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and a technology helpdesk. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. 
Castello dell'Oscano Hotel Perugia
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is an ideal place for those who want to explore Perugia.  Placed in the quietness of a secular park and in the green of the Umbrian Hills, the Castello Dell'Oscano Hotel is just 7 kilometres from the centre of Perugia.  Furnished in a sober an elegant style, the accommodation units reflect the most authentic Umbrian tradition.  Offering a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, the dining room allows you to sample authentically regional cuisine that will suit all type of taste.  Energetic guests can make use of the well-equipped gymnasium to tone up their body and be fit, while for those who want to relax the swimming pool is available onsite.
Etruscan Chocohotel Perugia
The Etruscan Chocohotel Perugia is a delightful hotel situated in Perugia built with an unique theme to glorify chocolates and its merits, and is a perfect place for a chocolate connoisseur to be.  Etruscan Chocohotel is situated in Perugia in Via Campo di Marte and is just 30 kilometres away from Assisi.  The property has 94 beautiful rooms complete with all the amenities to ensure you have a pleasant stay.  The property has well a beautiful restaurant where you can get all kinds of delicious cuisines to pamper your taste buds.  The hotel also has a well furnished choco store with chocolate products from all over the world.
Hotel Giò Wine e Jazz Area Perugia
The Gio Jazz Area Hotel celebrates jazz music through its classy ambience and stylish accommodation. Located very close to the historic centre, with a splendid view of one of the greenest hills of the town. The property can also be easily reached from the major roads including the San Faustino exit.  Classily designed rooms with contemporary facilities await you at the Gio Jazz Area Hotel. Some of the rooms also open out to beautiful views of the surrounding area.  Take delight in exquisite regional cuisine at the in-house restaurant and choose from an extensive array of wines.  Enjoy the on-site swimming pool and solarium with fascinating views of Perugia. The property also houses a peculiar arcade, set up in part as a musical gallery and in part as a cellar, linking the Wine Area to the Jazz Area. 
Perugia Park Hotel Perugia
The Perugia Park Hotel is an ideal reference point for anyone travelling either for work or pleasure.  Located in the new district of Perugia, the Perugia Park Hotel is just a short distance from the historical centre. Perugia is an old and charming town in Umbria, a region and place of evocative landscapes in the centre of Italy.  All 140 rooms are spacious and supplied with state-of-the-art accessories to make your stay more comfortable.  The in-house restaurant offers international specialities as well as traditional Umbrian cooking to make your dining experience most gratifying. After a busy day, you can just unwind at the cosy bar that serves a large collection of wines.
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Perugia's Unforgettable Umbrian Jazz Festival   by R. Ritchie

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Every July, Perugia hosts the Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the most popular jazz events in Europe. And every year since 1973, this beautiful medieval hill city has drawn thousands of music lovers, young and old, from all over the world, to play and hear all styles of jazz. Local performers get a chance to jam with the experts and the streets are filled with people carrying instruments to concerts and music sessions.

Along with the indoor paid-entrance venues, the festival offers many outdoor concerts free to the public - a generous offer that makes a visit to this festival much less expensive that it might otherwise be. From the middle of the day until late at night, you'll be entertained by top quality musical performances. These can be found along the Corso Vannucci and in the Piazza IV Novembre - the city's historic main square - as well as the public gardens, known as the Giardini Carducci. The streets are still crowded well after midnight, with appreciative music fans enjoying impromptu concerts and singing, dancing, eating and drinking.
The best jazz can be heard in two magnificent opera houses, the 18th-century Teatro Morlacchi, and Teatro Pavone, dating from the 19th-century. These wonderfully elegant spaces with their domed ceilings and several storeys of box seats, make your musical experience all the more memorable. In contrast, you can also hear big name performers play in the sports stadium, the Santa Guiliana Arena, that holds up to 5,000 people, but you will have to book early for good seats. Tickets are required for most performances, but since prices can be as little as 10 euro, concerts are very affordable.

You will also find jazz being played in smaller, more intimate venues, such as the Rocca Paolina (the small Cannon Room of a half-ruined 16th-century fortress), and many restaurants, cafes and hotels. 

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Here you can hear jazz at its intimate best, while you savour delicious regional specialities, made with fresh local produce. Be sure to sample the excellent local wines, including vernino, grechetto, trebbiano, arco del sovrano, and fratte.

The many pastry shops offer special goodies in the shape of guitars and saxophones, and the museums feature jazz though paintings, photography and exhibitions - you'll find jazz everywhere. But even when there are no jazz concerts scheduled, shops, cafes, bars, museums and public spaces resound with popular music of all kinds - soul R&B, blues, gospel, pop and rock - as well as jazz. Everywhere you go, it's a veritable feast of music and families, workers, and musicians of all ages stop to watch, listen and join in.

And if you feel the need of a few quiet moments, you could take a trip out into the beautiful countryside, where rolling hills are dotted with castles, fortresses and monasteries, and quality handmade ceramics are produced in enchanting medieval towns. Umbria is every bit as interesting as Tuscany, but lots less touristic.

The excellent festival website ( publishes details of the current year's programme as soon as performances are confirmed in May. Some of the jazz greats scheduled for 2007 include: George Benson, Solomon Burke, Dave Douglas, Keb' Mo', Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Pat Methany, Gary Peacock, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, Al Jarreau, and Jack Dejohnette - all very popular jazz artists, so be sure to book early. Top off your visit with an unforgettable closing night performance at the Santa Guiliana Arena.

You can take the bus or train from all major cities to Perugia. The main train station is about 3 km from the centre of the city, so take a bus from outside the entrance to the train station. You can get cheap flights from Rome and Florence and other domestic connections, plus some international flights, but be sure to book well in advance for this immensely popular festival.

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Indulge yourself at Perugia's famous Eurochocolate festival   by Rod Ritchie
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Perugia's Eurochocolate Festival, an annual event that is famous throughout the world, is the most popular chocolate festival in Europe. Chocolate is big business in Umbria and Italy, with annual sales of 350 million euros. Consumption has doubled over the past 10 years, rising from two to four kilos per year, per person - and is still growing!

This year's festival, ChocolAge, runs from 13-21 October 2007. Each year a new theme is developed, and commercial, educational and cultural activities are planned around the theme. For nine delightful days, Perugia in Umbria is transformed into a chocolate lovers dream - a fantastic occasion to discover and enjoy the highly celebrated Umbrian hospitality.
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More than a million chocoholics visit this beautiful city each year, to sample chocolate delights from all over Europe. You can scramble with the locals for free trimmings as chocolate artists carve huge sculptures out of the massive metre-high blocks of dark chocolate placed around Piazza IV Novembre. Join special guided tours of the city, peruse the many exhibitions and live demonstrations, and enjoy the numerous and generous free tastings, when samples of chocolate from all over the world, including Vietnam, Cuba, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea, are handed out on special trowels.

If you enjoy shopping, the city's charming promenades are filled with vendors - more than 700 booths offer an incredible array of goodies made with chocolate - pasta, salami, liquors, cheeses, desserts, drinks and a vast array of pastries, cakes and candies, and much more.

During the festival, Perugia also hosts numerous educational and cultural events - cooking classes, banquets, chocolate theatre, a chocolate cooking competition by top chefs, and finally the much-anticipated Eurochocolate Awards. The many seminars and talks will increase your knowledge about this delectable favourite and afterward you will have no doubt about chocolate's distinct nutritional and dietary benefits.

You can also take part in informative and lively forums that highlight the production of cocoa as a sustainable industry for third world nations. The festival has a special area that features certified Fair Trade cocoa products, made from cocoa that was bought from Third World farmers at a fair price. This cocoa was produced with full respect for workers' rights and grown in an environmentally friendly way. Most Italian artisan chocolate makers use cocoa with the Fair Trade certification.
If you need some exercise to work off all that overindulgence, there are excellent tennis courts in the city and plenty of places to walk and cycle. Around Perugia, you will see some of the region's most innovative architecture - the Renaissance-era Rocca Paolina Fortress, the Priori Palace and beautiful churches such as the Duomo San Lorenzo and the Basilica of San Domenico. For the more adventurous, there is plenty of climbing, trekking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in the hills nearby.

If you are more into relaxation, you will enjoy the aromatherapy sessions that utilise cocoa and chocolate facemasks. The Eurochocolate festival also showcases the latest in chocolate beauty treatments - and some are free. What a fantastic way to top off nine days of celebrating the "food of the gods".

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Perugia is Umbria's capital city, known as the 'green heart of Italy', and the area, with its fascinating array of mediaeval towns and hilltop villages, is a popular tourist destination. The city is 175 km from Rome and 150 km from Florence and is easily accessed by road and train. Inexpensive flights are also available from Rome and Florence. You can hire a car at the airport and train station, but be sure to book well in advance as this is a very popular festival. 

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About the Author - Rod Ritchie writes for many publishers including AA Publishing and Fodors. Cottages to Castles offer high quality Umbria villas and Umbria vacation rentals.