When you think of of Italy, you imagine green hillsides overflowing with wineries and luxe villas dotted the landscape. You imagine small towns, locals buzzing about selling homemade pizzas, pastas and trinkets.
You may dream to visit this dream destination but then often travel to Rome, Florence, Venice instead. These are all amazing cities, but they are cities.
The most underrated, quaint, inexpensive, countryside, quintessential Italian town that everyone dreams about and everyone must visit in Italy is Perugia. Perched on top of a hill in the wine region of Umbria, Perugia and it’s ancient buildings spill over the hillside connecting only by steep stone staircases, narrow alleyways and bridges. Hidden in the labyrinth of streets are family owned restaurants, cafés and trinket shops. Smaller villages, including well-known Asisi, surround the town on other nearby hillsides. Wineries and farmland dot the valleys that like a sea splash up to each hillside.
We were only in Perugia for two nights but felt like we enjoyed the best parts of the city. We explored the town’s historic side during the day and then ate and drank ourselves silly at night all while staying within budget. If you are in Italy, spend one to two nights here – you won’t be sorry! If you have more than two nights, explore the other hillside towns and be sure sure to tour the many local wineries in between.