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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rocca Paolina and many more Perugia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Perugia trip builder tool .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful but neglected. Should make us more maintenance to make it even more beautiful and functional for visitors
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  • August 17, 2017
    Arriving in Perugia did not know of the existence of this place: I approached without high expectations and I was ... speechless! Find this sunken city is something stunning shame that don't seem very appreciated: lack of descriptions and directions though beautiful to discover.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The perugians were some rebels against papal power. Pope Paul III erected a fortress on a medieval district of Perugia, leaving as the basis of the first and second floors of the houses and then also the ancient streets and incorporating in the ancient Roman port. Upon entering the door you find yourself in the first century at the time of Augustus, then the medieval Street with houses, workshops of the time. raising her eyes different buildings from different eras. With liberation from the temporal power of the Popes i perugini destroyed the hated rock and we built above the current Palace of the province. From P.zza Partisans is accessed by a mobile staircase this unique monument. and you get up to the course. Must see maybe with a good guide.
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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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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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