fotoProtected by its memories, Perugia is set on a hill between Lake Trasimeno and the green plain which stretches as far as Spoleto. Very powerful in the Middle Ages, it became a splendid Seigneury under the rule of Biordo Michelotti and the Baglioni family. Then it fell into the hands of the Papacy and Pope Paul III built the imposing Fortress which incorporated a whole quarter of the town. A centre of culture, it was the seat of the Umbrian school of painting with Pinturicchio, young Raffaello and Perugino. Today, with its two Universities, its cosmopolitan atmosphere and its world famous jazz festival, Perugia welcomes people from all over the world offering them its values, traditions and warm hospitality.