One of the highlights of traveling through Tuscany is the opportunity to explore and photograph the towns along the way. Perugia is one of the lesser visited towns in Tuscany, typically passed over by tourists and photographers. I found my way to Perugia because I wanted the unique experience of staying in a former castle and booked two nights at Castello di Monterone. During my stay in Perugia I made sure to intermix travel and landscape photography along the way.
Perugia is located within the region of Umbria, Italy - located between Florence and Rome. I had planned for a stop in Perugia because of its location as I passed through Tuscany. Offering a convenient stopping location while also serving as a jumping off point to nearby Tuscan sites - Perugia became a quiet, comfortable stay. Below is a picture of Castello di Monterone, and our room inside this former castle.
The best photography opportunities in Perugia are actually located outside the city throughout Umbria and the Tuscany region. You can explore different classic villas and estates but be sure to rent a car to meet your needs. While browsing the city of Perugia explore the old town city center - where I caught the photo above showing the classic architecture. We were able to stay in Perugia during the annual Jazz festival, creating additional entertainment and food options beyond the normal day. One nearby photo location is to head to Sant Antimo Abbey.
Best Time to Visit
Look to travel through Umbria and Perugia during the late spring, early summer. Tuscany is at its peak before the fields are cut for the summer harvest. If you time it right you can capture the picturesque views of cypress trees surrounded by green fields. However, if you are looking for sunflowers in full bloom you may want to plan your trip for the middle to end of summer.