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Rocca Paolina, Perugia

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Visit the historic streets and ruins that lie beneath Perugia at Rocca Paolina. Here, a fortress was built in the 16th century at the behest of Pope Paul II. It was constructed over the part of town where powerful rebels lived as a symbol of papal power. The fortress was demolished after Italy annexed the area, and new buildings were erected in its place. Take the escalator to see what remains of the fortress and the medieval neighborhood it was built on. Wander the centuries-old streets, stand where the homes of the powerful Baglioni family once were, and soak up the somewhat eerie atmosphere. This space is often used for cultural events, so be on the lookout for any art shows. Make Rocca Paolina a part of your Perugia vacation plans using our Perugia travel itinerary maker.
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  • Rocco Paolina is an archeological excavation of a portion of Perugia showing some of the earliest underground ruins of the city under the city. Well restored and fascinating to explore.  more »
  • Free to view. Very cool spot. Information placards in Italian and english. Great information about the city's history, including the Salt Wars and the Blood Wedding  more »
  • I cannot but imagine how it must have been walking through those little streets in normal medieval daytime...  more »
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  • Fascinating of rather dark remains of a fortress. Quite a lot of interesting information. Well worth a wander
  • Unknown part of history Take the escalator down and you are centuries back Too bad it is vacant and not developed
  • great historica place in Perugia
  • Historical spot that you can rarely find anywhere else
  • A must see