As we are at a chocolate-y time of year it may be worth remembering that the city of Perugia is well known for chocolate and it is there that the famous Perugina chocolate is made.
Unfortunately it isn’t owned by Willy Wonka or manned by green faced Oompa Lumpas, and it most certainly doesn’t have a garden filled with edible flowers with a river of liquid chocolate flowing through it. But, if you are a family travelling to Italy, it could well be destination worth considering when you visit Umbria.
The Perugia house of chocolate has different areas to visit: the historic museum, the factory, the tasting area (let’s face it that is the part that is really of interest isn’t it?), and the school.
The museum was founded on the 90th anniversary of the creation of the company and it includes four main attractions: from cocoa to chocolate, the history of the company, products and distribution, and communication. Also on show are production and confection machines together with videos showing information and commercials from the 1957.
When you are there it is possible to tour the factory and see how chocolate is made. The smell is fantastic and will no doubt inebriate visitors who will not be able to leave without making a stop at the tasting area. Here they have the opportunity to try the many different types of chocolate that are produced by the company and, as if that wasn't enough, there is a gift shop with a large range of chocolate and products to satisfy even the most demanding palate.
The house of chocolate is situated in San Sisto, Perugia and is open from Monday to Friday from 9 until 13 and then from 14 until 17.30.