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Perugia

Italian comune
NamePerugia
Official nameComune di Perugia
CountryItaly
Region 
Province  (PG)
MayorWladimiro Boccali
Total Area173.7 sq mi (449.92 km2)
Total Population168066 (30 September 2010)
DemonymPerugini
Elevation1617.5 ft (493 m)
Patron saintSt. Constantius, St. Herculanus, St. Lawrence
Saint day29 January
Area code075

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Perugia (-itpeˈruːdʒa-It-Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, near the Tiber River, and the capital of the province of Perugia. The city is located about 164 kilometres (102 miles) north of Rome. It covers a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area.The history of Perugia goes back to the Etruscan period. The city is also known as a university town, with the University of Perugia (about 34,000 students), the University for Foreigners (5,000 students), and some smaller colleges, also. There are annual festivals and events: the Eurochocolate Festival (October), the Umbria Jazz Festival, and the International Journalism Festival (in April).

Perugia is a well-known artistic center of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve near Perugia. He decorated the local Sala del Cambio with a beautiful series of frescoes; eight of his pictures can also be admired in the National Gallery of Umbria. Perugino was the teacher of Raphael, the great Renaissance artist who produced five paintings in Perugia (today no longer in the city) and one fresco. Another famous painter, Pinturicchio, lived in Perugia. Galeazzo Alessi is the most famous architect from Perugia.

The city symbol is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city.


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