Perugia, the principal city of Umbria, in central Italy, is an ancient hill town with roots in the Estrucan age. The old center, one of the best preserved in all Italy, is alive year round with the young students and professionals who dominate life in the city. The intellectual and artistic life of the city is centered around the fine National Gallery of Umbria, with its stunning collection of paintings by Pietro Vannucci (Perugino), the teacher of Raphael, the Friends of Music, which produces classical concerts year round, Umbria Jazz and Sagra Musicale, two of the great music festivals of Europe, and the two universities - Università Per Stranieri and Università degli Studi di Perugia.
Perugia itself is a joy to explore, with history and charm in every stone wall and winding street.
Once a medieval power, then dominated for centuries by Papal armies, Perugia won independence again in the Risorgimento, the movement to unify Italy led by Garibaldi. Around the city you will see many historical references to this vivid past. As the capital city of Perugia province, Perugia is a wonderful base from which to explore the region of Umbria, with Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi, Foligno, Lake Trasimeno, Montefalco, and many other fabulous locales short journeys away by car, train, or bus.
For more on the Seattle-Perugia relationship, see The Story of the Two Cities.
For a short film about the two cities, click here.
Seattle's love affair with Perugia is now televised. See the broadcast video of Perugia available via The Seattle Channel. Don't miss the segments on Seattle's other sister cities, Nantes, Christchurch and Reykjavik. The sister city videos are also available as podcasts via iTunes or RSS.
The Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association: What's it all about?
International understanding: sometimes it's achieved suddenly through mass movements, mass media and the diplomacy of nation-states. On the other hand, sometimes it's achieved slowly, one person at time. The sister city program is about the slow way, the citizens of one city meeting the citizens of another. We learn about them and, by doing so, we learn about ourselves.
Read our story: Seattle and Perugia are two cities with great differences. Yes, they're both pleasantly seated on beautiful hills swathed in greenery, they both are the homes of great universities, but other than that, it's hard to see them as sisters of the same family. Perugia is so very old and Seattle is so very young. The Seattle-Perugia SCA is dedicated to the idea that Seattle and Perugia can learn from one another, their very differences serving as a rich source of new civic thinking. Then again, for all that is different between our two cites, there are nevertheless things we share; these we work to recognize so they may serve to bind our bits of Italy and the U.S. more closely. We support the pleasures of travel, the riches of culture and the opportunities presented by education, hoping to bring together the peoples of two great cities.