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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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  • rare and unique this Rocca Paolina, replete with arches and tunnels with statues ... It was built on the ancient Etruscan walls and to make room for the fortress, were distruitti churches, monasteries and towers
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  • The treadmill, installed about 20 years, facilitates access to Uptown and the historic center. The curious thing is that is installed inside the Rocca Paolina, symbol of power in the former Perugia. It's wonderful to walk underneath that building!
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  • The remains of the papal fortifications at Roca Paolina are a jumble of rooms, passageways, and crannies bisected by the escalator system that speed one from the lower parts of the city and the parkin...  more »
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  • Old fortress skullcap of 1540 designed by Sangallo whose foundations rest on houses and streets of 1300, currently 1/3 of the fortress remains about. The particularity is to look like an underground city.
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  • Important part of the historical centre of Perugia. The medieval city under the city. Good visit and good pass to get downtown
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  • Walk in the depths of the fortress has an extraordinary fascination. Is perhaps the thing I like most about Perugia. Every time one more time.
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  • Step back in time, between spacious paths within a cross between a castle and a country. Small shops and art exhibits embedded in the wall almost surreal atmosphere of Cyclops.
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  • I like it because the place is beautiful but there's a lot to expect though after the evening pays off
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