Perugia, the capital of Italy’s Umbria region, is without a doubt the best place to begin your Roman holiday. Whether it’s the views of rolling hills that rival the awe-inspiring scenery of northern Tuscany or the world-famous artisan chocolates (irresistible to even the most disciplined sweet tooth), the best hotels in Perugia– bookable with Culture Trip – will cater to every item on your itinerary.
Retune your senses and get reacquainted with your body, mind and soul at Torre di Moravola. This retreat, in the Carpini valley, has turned a 12th-century medieval watchtower into a sanctuary that removes you from the modern world. Two-storey tower suites invite you to lower yourself into a sunken bath surrounded by ancient stone walls. The vivid blue and green gardens, still waters of the 25m (82ft) infinity pool, and the forest spa swathed in silence will restore peace to your senses in no time.
Chocoholics, this one’s for you. As the world’s only hotel dedicated to chocolate, Chocohotel Perugia was designed with your sweet tooth in mind. The Choco Sweet Suite is covered in chocolate from floor to ceiling: choco-paintings, choco-carpets and all of the real chocolate you can eat. That is, when you’re not dining on the full cocoa menu at Restaurant Buonenuove or filling your carry-on luggage with the dozens of chocolates you’ve sampled at the Chocostore’s chocobar.
A friendly neighbour to Perugia’s south, Posta Donini invites you over for dinner in its 17th-century residence. Centuries-old frescoes surround you in the dining areas as you’re privately served amberjack tartare, blanched scallops in cocoa butter and other Umbrian delicacies. With your palate satiated, retire to your Gran Suite for the night, waking hours later as the sun streams across the Italianate gardens and through your window. You can then spend the afternoon swimming amongst art, history and serenity in the Biowellness Spa.
Discover the encounter between old and new during your stay at Locanda della Posta. The Suite Vannucci will dazzle you with its minimalist design set beneath a frescoed ceiling. If you’re one to gravitate towards a more immersive experience, the Queen with Jacuzzi spa suite will soothe your muscles as the rooftop views from your double balconies showcase the bustling Corso Vannucci in sunlight and moonlight. Prefer to uncover beauty on foot? Book an economy room and spend your days walking the walls of Perugia’s historic centre.
When only the most regal of stays will suffice, Castello di Monterone will delight you and fulfil your greatest desires. This grand overnight stay ripped from the pages of a fairytale is only a short walk from the centre of Perugia. We have a feeling Middle Ages modern will be your new favourite design aesthetic: the stone walls, exposed beams, geometric frescoes, and mullioned windows in the guest rooms pair well with the wrought iron bed and Jacuzzi bath.
Romance is cultivated at the rural farm holiday home of Agriturismo L’Antico Casale. Six private guest rooms provide plenty of opportunities for intimacy, made all the more sensual after a full-body massage in the country house’s spa and a bottle of local wine in the on-site restaurant. You and your partner will love walking hand-in-hand through the surrounding countryside and sneaking off for a few moments of uninterrupted natural bliss by the Cascata waterfalls.
All of Perugia is within your reach from Sangallo Palace Hotel. You can practically roll out of bed and touch the 15th-century Rocca Paolina Fortress next door. San Pietro Church and Corso Vannucci are just a few steps further from your guest room than the hotel’s heated pool and fitness centre. We won’t try to convince you to dine at Ristorante Il Sangallo; we’ll just let the Umbrian menu’s local cheeses, meats and produce do the persuading.
No matter if you book a guest room or a private apartment, you can’t help but be inspired by the charm of Hotel Fortuna. Original 19th-century frescoes adorn many of the rooms, only rivalled in beauty by the stunning Perugia views from the sun-soaked solarium. A concept as simple as a breakfast buffet is immediately enhanced while dining in the medieval-style hall. Even the reading room, also immaculately brushed with stunning frescoes, will inspire you to grab a paintbrush and contribute an original to the hotel’s gallery of guest paintings.
For more than 135 years, Sina Brufani has stood as the sole five-star hotel in Perugia. You won’t have trouble seeing why this ancient mansion is among the best overnights in the region. From the underground swimming pool, surrounded by Etruscan ruins more than 3,000 years old, to the contemporary cocktails at Collins’ Bar served in full view of the Umbrian hills, you’ll float in luxury through every moment of your stay.
It’s as if the Relais dell’Olmo was built for the remote working age. Within 8km (5mi) of Perugia, yet far enough away from needless distraction, you’ll settle into this guest house with ease. Your deluxe room has ample space to work and is equipped with a minibar and a garden or patio for your relaxation. Though the 24-hour concierge service will bring you anything you need, we urge you to unwind with at least one glass of wine in the Osteria and take advantage of the private guests-only spa.