The Perugia Flower Show

On the last Sunday in May in Umbria many local wineries open their doors to the public for the Cantine Aperte event. However, on this weekend it is also the Perugia Flower Show held in the botanical gardens next to the church of San Pietro. We decided on a Sunday family outing and a visit to the flower show easily won the majority vote. I was in favor of wine tasting but I didn’t try to force the issue – dragging an unwilling family around wine cellars is not my idea of a fun day out. San Pietro is out on the edge of the centro storico and is easily recognized on the Perugia skyline thanks to it’s pointed spire, it has a frescoed interior and a lovely cloistered courtyard. Just outside the church are the gardens where the monks once grew medicinal herbs, this was the setting for the Peruiga Flower Show. It was a pleasant spring day and the colours of the stallholders’ displays were made more vivid by the bright sunlight. We came away with some unusual geraniums to plant in pots at our house Ca’ di Bracco. The walk back into town from San Pietro is along a picturesque street and passes through what appears to be yet another Roman gate.

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