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5 Reasons to Go to EuroChocolate at Least Once in a Lifetime

Anyone passionate about Italy or chocolate in particular should visit EuroChocolate in Perugia, the capital of Umbria. The festival lasts for nine days in October, and we’ll get you good deals on hotels near the EuroChocolate venues. Accommodation at this chocolate extravaganza should be booked at least four months in advance of your arrival date. As it's one of the largest Chocolate Festivals in the world, it’s worth planning a trip to Italy in order to attend this event. For chocolate lovers, the main highpoint is to taste some of the best chocolate in the world, but there are more ways to be amazed than tasting. The festivity includes amazing chocolate sculptures where the artists leave behind millions of chips that are given free to the visitors who happen to be at the festival at that time. Along with chocolate, the festival has many street shows in the historic center of the city, and on the educational side, you can learn about all the various cocoa-producing countries and the methods they use to make their distinct kinds of chocolate.

Perugia and EuroChocolate – Not-to-be-Missed Highlights

At this dessert-lovers paradise, plain chocolate is just the beginning. There is a huge array different chocolate combinations including hazelnut, caramel, orange and coconut to name just a few. Visitors may take a tour of the Perugina chocolate factory where they give lots of samples or take advantage of the special classes offered during EuroChocolate by the Scuola del Cioccolato. You can buy chocolate molds at the stalls and learn how to make your own delicious sweets. The streets are lined with tents and stalls that offer a wide variety of snacks and, of course, chocolate treats such as chocolate covered bananas and chocolate liqueur. There are several historical buildings with beautiful architecture to see in Perugia, including San Domenico basilica. The Fontana Maggiore is a medieval fountain worth seeing, and there are also several ancient Etruscan archaeological sites you won't want to miss. We’ll help you take advantage of our connections to low-cost accommodation near all the festivities.

How to Arrive and Where to Stay for EuroChocolate

The closest large airport is in Rome, and from there you can get a train to Perugia. By car, it’s about two and a half hours from Rome and one hour from Florence. Perugia is a hill town, and most of the historical attractions are at the top of the hill, which is the historic center. If you stay in a hotel near EuroChocolate that is in the city center, we recommend you walk rather than drive because the streets and mostly narrow, one-way and cobblestoned. Perugia has a wide selection of luxury and budget hotels near the EuroChocolate venues. We can get you deep discounts on any type of accommodation near the festival, so your trip need not break your budget. We offer hotels on the edge of town about 2 miles from the historical center as well as rooms right in the center of town. Many hotels for EuroChocolate that are outside of Perugia have swimming pools and are near golf courses. Some hotels have free shuttle buses to the town historic center and EuroChocolate venues.