By Zac Caspersen, Clark University and Umbra Rep Fall ’19
So you want to study abroad in Italy, but you don’t know where yet. Of course, the big names like Florence and Rome always pop up as options, but don’t instantly rule out the great city of Perugia. A much smaller city in comparison, it still offers so much for students. The Umbra Institute, of course, is a great school to study at, providing a wide range of courses for everyone’s wants and needs, but from afar, what more can Perugia offer you? Yes, there is a great school and yes, it’s a quaint historical city, but how will you travel to all your dream places around Italy? How will you get to airports to fly around Europe? Without knowing the ins-and-outs of Italy’s trains, Florence and Rome may seem like the perfect location to set as your hub and you may think it will be too difficult to travel if you decided to come to Perugia. However, it’s the contrary.
Perugia has a small train station very close to the city center. Just one quick 10 minute ride on the Minimetro (an above ground subway), and you’re there. From here, you can go in any direction. You’re only two hours from Rome, two and a half from Florence, and just over four to Venice. All perfect for a weekend trip. You have the whole country and Europe at your fingertips, all at reasonable prices.
If you want to fly out of Italy, Perugia may not seem as convenient as somewhere like Rome, but don’t worry. It means there is just a little more planning involved to get to the airport on time. We don’t have classes on Friday’s here at Umbra, so if you wanted to fly to another country, most times you will be able to leave Thursday night or Friday morning and have the whole weekend to travel. Although, you may find that Italy has so much to offer that you may want to stay within the country and explore everything it has to offer. Most students save their flying expeditions for fall or spring break anyway, where we get a week off from classes. Perugia also has its own airport as well, that’s sometimes forgotten about! It has very specific flights, but some are very desirable, such as: Catania in Sicily, Brussels, and London. Don’t forget to see check it out!
Perugia is so much more than it seems; it’s filled with history, art, and culture. Don’t take it off the table just because it may seem better or easier to go to a more popular tourist destination. Perugia may surprise you.
The photos included are from a few of the places I’ve been lucky enough to travel to since arriving in Perugia in August.
- Perugia Train Station
- Barcelona, Spain
- Venice, Italy
- Catania, Italy