Chocolate in Perugia

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For chocoholics everywhere, chocolates!

If you are planning to get away for October half term but haven’t got around to deciding where, how about the Eurochocolate Festival in Perugia in Italy? As my niece says, “everyone loves chocolate.”
This year it just happens to coincide with half term so visitor numbers may be up on the one million who attended the eighteenth annual chocoholics paradise last year. The event starts on the 19 October and continues till the 28th so you could combine the weekend of the school holidays sampling different types of chocolate and then spend the rest of the following week exploring other parts of Umbria such as Assisi
The website is only in Italian, unfortunately, but you can get a pretty good idea of what’s available. Fancy some chocolate pasta for example? Or a smartphone case that just happens to be chocolate? Would you prefer a trowel made out of orange chocolate or batteries made out of coffee flavoured chocolate to – as they say – recharge your sweetness!
There is a map on the website showing where the 24 sites in Perugia where you can visit, sample and enjoy one of which is Perugina, the big Italian chocolate manufacturer which makes the popular baci chocolates which have hazelnuts inside.
After a weekend pigging out on chocolate Assisi, which is only about sixteen miles away, could be welcome day away from food for the stomach by trying some food for the soul. Here you will find the UNESCO world heritage site, Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi. Although the earthquakes of fifteen years ago damaged the church and destroyed some of the frescoes, restoration has occurred and there is a lot to justify a day trip.
There are direct flights from Stansted on Ryanair. You can fly into Rome’s Fiumicino airport where there are bus connections to Perugia but it will take just under four hours. There are train services both from Rome and Pisa where there are more connections to different parts of the UK
Incidentally, if you can’t get there for half term, the Perugina chocolate factory (now owned by Nestlé) is open all year-round and entrance is just €5 for tours – and samples, and then more samples…

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