Saturday 28 April 2012

Hello from Perugia

I've escaped the endless rain back in England, to spend a couple of days in the beautiful Italian hilltop town of Perugia.

I'm here for the city's International journalism festival that started last Wednesday and finishes tomorrow. The event's been going since 2006 and allows journalists, aspiring journalists and other media enthusiasts, the opportunity to network and attend a series of talks, workshops and discussions about journalism and its role in society.

The Palazzo dei Priori

I remember hearing about the event earlier in the year. I thought: "that sounds just like the sort of thing a media geek like myself would be into." Since arriving yesterday I've attended some really interesting discussions.

Common themes that have come up include; how can journalism survive in the digital age. Nobody knows how to make real money from the internet and this continues to be the Holy Grail of journalism. Another discussion I went to, looked at the theme of collaboration, and how journalism can get audiences more involved in reporting stories.

In between attending these discussions, I've had a chance to explore Perugia. It's not a big place, but I have to say It's stunning. It's perched on top of a hill overlooking the Umbrian countryside, the views are amazing. It's reminded me why I love Italy.

View from the city

I've traveled all over Italy, north of Rome and I think Perugia is one of those places that's a bit under the radar. What I mean is that when you think of visiting Italy, Perugia isn't somewhere you immediately think of going.

I'd still recommend it to anyone looking for a short weekend break, or a place to stop off at while travelling around Italy.

The centre of Perugia

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