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Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

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Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

Having just returned from Perugia, I can say it is the worst place outside Naples for driving. The roads are unbearably crowded, and the signposting into the town confusing and chaotic. Most of the locals drive with a death wish. The car parks cost a fortune - particularly if you do not get a tourist pass when you first park at one of the central car parks. The Partigiani car park has a huge sequence of escalators to connect it to the main town - however, these are interconnected by stairs, which makes transferring your luggage a miserable experience. Even when you get your luggage up the stairs, you will find on return that there is no "down" escalator. The main roads outside the town are full of potholes and HGVs. My advice is to park about 50km away and take the train- although the main train station is a long way outside of the old town.

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1. Re: Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

Yes, Perugia is a nightmare. Avid driving into or near there at all costs!!!!

Park at the city below or outside the train station and take the bus into the main Square. And your Garmin will not help you! THe roads/streets are steep so the satalite connections don't work and most small streets are one way and dead ends with no turn arounds. So, unless you can blindly back up of a 8 foot wide alleyway with a sharp turn at the end, take our advise and leave the car outside Perugia.

To see all of the sites in the mideval city spend the night. It is a party town so make sure to find a room that does not overlook a bar or square. It's best to spend Tues. - Thursdays there. Saturday mornings there is usally something going on in the main Square.

Stay in the mideval portion of the city, avoid anything outside of the mideval city walls except the churches of St. Dominic and St. Peter's (a must see for Raphael art fans!)

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2. Re: Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

Morrisey,

You posted, "The car parks cost a fortune - particularly if you do not get a tourist pass when you first park at one of the central car parks"

Can you give me anymore information on this "tourist pass" for parking. Is it just for Perugia?

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>>Can you give me anymore information on this "tourist pass" for parking. Is it just for Perugia?<<

A number of towns have schemes to assist tourists staying in the town, by reduced price parking or by allowing them to enter the walled area. Each town has its own scheme (if it has one at all), and they are all separate and different.

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4. Re: Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

Thanks SidneyNick --- just as I feared.

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5. Re: Leave your car at home - driving and parking in Perugia

We won't be staying in Perugia but had hoped to visit. Can anyone recommend the best place to leave a car and take the bus or train to visit for the day?

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We just returned from our Italy trip, and am delighted to report that the "Minimetro service" (actually robotic rubber tired rail cars) are a tremendous solution to the access and car parking issue for Perugia. There is a huge, huge free parking lot at Pian di Massiano (site of Umbria Jazz). A robotic car leaves every minute, and a 1 euro ticket takes you up (and ultimately inside) the hill. There are several stops along the way (Madonna Alta, Fontivegge for the train station), and two within the city walls (Cupa and Pincetto). Elevators and/or escalators make easy access from the underground minimetro stations to street level. Free parking, cheap tickets, brand new cars, what's not to like!

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