I wondered if there would be enough to do? Well there was !
Perugia is a lovely small city and well worth a weekend break. It is nicely compact and the Duomo and Palazza dei Priori are magnificent. But Perugia makes an excellent base if you want to stay longer and see further a field and frankly it is well worth it not seeing Assisi is criminal. If I can get about by public transport anyone can.
Assisi is probably best visited on a weekday and it is stunning. When seen from a distance it really is draw dropping and though you go for the basilica and Giotto's frescoes the rest of the town is magnificent. Spello is charming and makes me wish I had visited more places like Gubbio and Todi.
The lake is well worth a visit. I think that Isola Polvese is the best island to go to but with out a car you are too reliant on bus and train links so we settled for Maggiore which was still a great day out, and I wish we had got up and got the early train!
As I say Perugia is lovely, our hotel was at the bottom of the hill but the escalators meant it was easy to get into town and was very convenient for public transport.
If I'm honest this has been the most enjoyable of my overseas trips more relaxed. I so want to go back to both Tuscany and Perugia/Umbria to explore further afield e.g. Todi/Gubbio/Arezzo/Sienna but I have another Italian trip indeed to Lucca in Tuscany with a trip planned to Pistoia.
The next holiday is in the UK, the Cotswolds, before I abandon Italy (temporarily) for the more Germanic Vienna.
And in case you missed it!
Day 1 - Getting to Perugia
Day 2 - Assisi Part 1
Day 3 - Spello
Day 4 - Perugia Museums and Duomo
Day 5 - Assisi Part 2
Day 6 - Lago Trasimeno / Isola Maggiore
Day 7 - Coming Home
Some more photos from the trip to Florence
2 weeks ago