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Report 678: Italia - Umbria, Lago di Garda, Lago di Como & Visits with Friends in Empoli and Coccaglio

By girasoli from Hawaii, Spring 2005

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Page 8 of 24: Last Two Days in Perugia

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San Pietro

Wednesday morning I awoke to thunder and pouring rain! I watched a bit of an old Sophia Loren movie and then went down to breakfast. Here at Hotel Fortuna, the breakfast is again a large buffet with many different choices including cheese, meats, pastries, yogurt, fruits, etc. I have been eating these wonderful chocolate filled pastries.

Last night, I found the COOP, a medium size grocery store, where I bought my favorite coconut yogurt. I ate the yogurt along with my pastry and an espresso macchiato for breakfast and then headed out once the rain stopped. The weather did not look too promising. It was quite cold; the temperature displayed above a bank was 17 (62-63) at 11:30 am.

I stopped for an espresso in a very beautiful bar where they sell very fancy pastries. It was very crowded with mostly local people. After my espresso, I headed off in search of a libreria (book store). On my way, by the main post office, I saw many large police vans, a couple of people with TV cameras, and a female police officer directing traffic and not allowing anyone to park nearby. I watched for a while to see if anything would occur, but after a while, I decided to continue to explore Perugia now that the rain had stopped.

Once the rain started again, I explored some shops, found a bookstore, spent some time inside, stopped to get a gelato, and then went back to my hotel. For dinner, I ate at Ristorante da Giancarlo, a restaurant I would not recemmend.

Thursday morning I slept in and then decided to go down to breakfast before getting ready to go out for the day. I must have been extra tired as after walking out the door, I realized that I had the remote control in my hand and NOT the key to the door! I stood for a moment in disbelief and then went down to the desk to explain what had happened and to ask for someone to let me back into my room. Luckily everyone at the desk thought it was quite amusing and one of the maids followed me back to my room to let me in.

After breakfast, I decided to wander around the city of Perugia and visit a couple of museums. Finally a warm sunny day! I headed toward this old church at the edge of the city called San Pietro that I wanted to visit. Along the way, I wandered through the ancient city once more using the Scala Mobile. The church of San Pietro was at the end of Corso Cavour, the name of a street you will find in most towns in Italy. There is a beautiful door at the entrance of the church and a peaceful garden outside with beautiful views of the countryside.

After spending time looking in some shops on Corso Cavour, I went back to the centro to have lunch. I ate at the same restaurant (da Cesarino) to have the rigatoni estivi meal that I had a quick taste of before the waiter brought me my ravioli dish the last time I was here. It was wonderful! I ate outside and sat next to an older man and his son who seemed to be in his twenties. He ordered a big bottle of white wine and offered me a glass. We had a nice chat while eating lunch. The restaurant was filled with both locals and tourists and it was one of those places where it was very difficult to get the check.

After lunch, I decided to visit the Galleria Nazionale Museo, a very large, interesting museum with many important paintings of Umbria. When I finished walking through the museum, I decided to once again try to find the Galleria Kennedy, a long dotted line which went across the center on the map that I had. All along, I thought the Galleria was this big shoping mall that went under the city. I remembered that in Milano there was a famous little place with lots of bars and shops called the Galleria. I went to one side of the city to try to find the entrance with no luck and then walked to the other side to again try to find the entrance and again no luck. Although I never found that Galleria, I did see many wonderful sights along the way that I may not have seen if not in search for the mysterious Galleria. The next day while on the train, I asked the woman I sat with about the Galleria and she told me it was a tunnel for cars!

Before dinner, I walked back toward San Pietro to go to the Museo Acheologico Nazionale Museo, a very interesting museum of old archeological remnants. It would have been more logical to stop there after my visit to San Pietro, but I would not have had time for lunch at da Cesarino if I had stopped here at that time.

For dinner, I ate at the wonderful pizzeria near my hotel again and then went back to my room to pack. I enjoyed my week in Umbria. The hill towns and views were quite beautiful and there was much to do in Perugia.

photo - San Pietro in Perugia.

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