Perugia is the capital of the Perugia Province in Italy and has a beautiful landscape consisting of hills and valleys, making it a desirable place to live. It is known as ‘The University City’ because of the many universities which are located there such as the University of Perugia, the University for Foreigners as well as other specialist schools. Expats living in Perugia will find that the city has plenty to offer in terms of culture and scenery and some of its most famous attractions include the Cathedral of San Lorenzo which has late Gothic architecture, as well as the Palazzo dei Priori which is known for being one of the most impressive buildings in Italy. The city is home to a number of festivals and expats living in Perugia will be able to enjoy, for example, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the International Journalism Festival as well as the Eurochocolate held in October every year.
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Expatriates who move to Perugia will find that the city is located within easy reach of other major Italian cities, with Rome being 164km away, whilst Florence is just 148km to the south east. There are various public transport options in the city, including the Minimetrò, an automated ‘people mover’, public escalators, as well as buses. Driving is prohibited in the city center at certain points of the day. The city also has excellent rail links connecting it to other cities as well as other parts of Italy. Perugia has a humid subtropical climate, featuring warm summers and cooler winters with rainfall occurring throughout the year. Expats moving to Perugia can benefit from joining InterNations, an established online expatriate community which will help them to connect and interact with others as well as provide valuable information about moving to Italy as well as about living in Perugia.
Perugia’s most famous industry is chocolate making, with Perugian chocolate being popular in both Italy and the rest of the world. Expatriates working in Perugia may be able to find work opportunities in areas such as healthcare, finance and other business areas, whilst the education sector is another major employer in the area. Perugia is a popular destination for tourists and therefore expats in Perugia may also be able to find work in the retail and leisure industry. To get more information about life as an expatriate in Perugia, expats may benefit from signing up to InterNations and taking advantage of its expat community made up of fellow expatriates from over 190 different nationalities who may be able to offer help and advice about finding work in the city as well as help new residents to settle in with information about housing, transport and other key topics expats may have difficulties with when first settling into a new city.