You might remember that Perugia was not my favorite day trip from Rome – if anything, the distance alone would probably make it a better day trip from Florence. But, it’s worth visiting, if only to check out the freaky train station waiting rooms.  I’ve only been to Perugia once, and only for a short time; but, without further ado, here’s what I have to say about getting there and eating – my two favorite subjects. All other information should be treated as highly suspect.

1. We took the 9.36 train up, getting us in at 11.39 (if the train had not been late and we had not been stuck in Foligno). The train back left at 17.18 getting us in at 20.03. Like I said, it’s probably easier from Florence – and cheaper, as it ran us about 30 euros each round trip. Also, I highly recommend finding a train that is a direct shot, so you don’t get stuck in Foligno (although it was a very cute town).

2. The tickets to all public transport are available from a booth to the left of the train station once you exit. It kind of sits out there in the piazza. I’m sure the tickets are also available from the newspaper stand inside the station as well. They’re amusingly called UP tickets – for “Unico Perugia,” and I’m sure not in reference to the limitless mountain in front of you – and I forget how much they cost, but they’re good for everything and they probably were not that much.

3. As is my wont, and which I do not recommend if you actually care about seeing, you know, the sights, we did not really consult the map or do any research at all. Don’t be like me – do your homework and you’ll see more. But, once you get to the top, it’s a spectacular view, and that was enough for me.

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