A Year of Beautiful Spaces: January in Perugia

by gigigriffis

Kitchen, apartment two.

As you might already know, this year I’m doing my best to stay in beautiful spaces. Because, as I learned last year (particularly when I was sharing a bathroom with dozens of dust-covered workmen with a pee-aiming problem), living situations go a long way when it comes to my happiness or unhappiness.

And, since I work from home, I spend a lot of time in said living spaces.

So this year, I’m being intentional about where I stay along the way. No more workmen. No more grouchy roommates who call me an old maid because I’m unmarried and nearly 30. Just sunny kitchen tables, expansive views, cozy kitchens, and a calming atmosphere from here on in.

Happily, this January, I’m off to a really good start. I welcomed the new year in a cozy top-floor apartment in the Umbrian hill town of Perugia. The place was on a low traffic street just outside the city center with a view down the hill and over multiple church steeples. And, of course, the kitchen was fully stocked with olive oil and red wine vinegar that the landlords made themselves.

The view at sunsetSunset from my window, apartment one.

Yeah. Epic.

How did I find it? Why, Airbnb, of course. You know I love me some Airbnb.

After just over a week in the top-floor apartment, I moved downstairs (said movement being due to the landlords having renters in the lower-floor space for the first week of my stay…so they upgraded me to the top-floor apartment and I was only too happy to accept) to a slightly smaller, sunnier apartment.

Doorway Perugia apartment

desk area, perugia apartmentview from my window
I loved both apartments, but this one was my favorite. It was bright and airy, always sunny, and had a spacious kitchen where I spent many mornings sipping tea, reading articles, and gazing out the window at those gorgeous brick church towers.

But by far the best part of either apartment was my truly wonderful landlords, Angelo and Sara. Not only were they pleasant, organized, and thoughtful…but they also gave me a map of the town’s best restaurants, helped me find hypo-allergenic dog food for Luna, and gave me a great price when I wanted to extend my stay a few days. They are absolutely amazing, wonderful people and some of the best landlords I’ve ever had (and I’ve had quite a lot of landlords).

Just in case you want to follow in my footsteps: both apartments (which you can find at the links above) are located just outside the center of Perugia on a low-traffic street. Walking into the center takes about 15 or 20 minutes and the walk is utterly gorgeous (and takes you through one of the old town wall arches).

The top-floor apartment, at $88 per night, can easily accomodate four people (with a large bed in the loft and two beds set up as couches in the main living area). The second-floor apartment, at $61 per night, is probably more well suited to a couple, though there is a pull-out futon in the living room (so you could technically accomodate more people…I just think it’d feel crowded). Both apartments offer discounts for longer stays and even though they’re both listed under No Pets, they are totally willing to make exceptions for well-behaved dogs. Just ask.

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9 comments

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Radka January 31, 2013 - 4:07 am

Hi Giggi,

I like you blog and love your stories. It gives me a great ideas where to go next as my husband and I traveling through Europe. Currently in Seville, and going to Rome next week. I liked your accomodation in Perugia, but coudn’t find it on
Airbnb. Any hints? Thank you for your “beautiful spaces” memos.

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gigigriffis January 31, 2013 - 4:38 am

Ciao Radka!

You should be able to find the apartments at these links:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/751073
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/729432

If you can’t see them for your dates, it may be that they are already rented on those dates. If so, please feel free to shoot me an email. I can talk to the landlords and see if they have any other recommendations.

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Radka February 13, 2013 - 10:59 am

Thank you,I did. And we’ll be arriving to Perugia on Saturday. Can’t wait :).

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