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Rocca Paolina, Perugia

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • The title says it all. I was astonished by such great beauty discovered by chance of returning from a trip by bus. Built on the houses of Baglioni is a true underground city that develops in different planes. Part has been destroyed and rebuilt over the years. Now there are only the basement and seeing them I can't imagine how it was when it was in its entirety. Maybe because it has always been the symbol of the Papal power has never been valued as it deserves. I also had the impression that tourists are more interested of perugini who use it as a simple quick access toolbar to go and take the bus. For this reason I do not give 5 but I deserve it all.
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  • It is a place that the visitor has no idea of his Majesty until you reach it. It allows you to live the story from inside and become a rough idea of what was the papal power in the past. Today it is a place that connects the lower part with the upper through comfortable escalators and is a true jewel of the ancient age.
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  • Rocca Paolina is a historical site that must be visited by anyone who loves history and architecture. Has the convenience of escalators to reach the historic centre of the city, which makes the experience for almost all tourists. Is a must-see place for anyone visiting Perugia.
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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

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Where to stay in Perugia

For a view over the city's rooftops, book your stay at a hotel in one of the old town's heritage-rich hotels. Within walking distance from Perugia's main tourist sites, centrally located hotels offer complimentary parking, free Wi-Fi, and quick access to fine shops and restaurants. If all you need is a quiet room and a warm meal, explore the private inns and hostels on the edge of the city. Many Umbrian farmhouses, surrounded by olive groves and ancient vineyards, also offer good-value rooms just a short drive from the city.
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