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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  • Interesting to visit, the beautiful rocca, almost labyrinthine, very nice indeed. Nice to get lost inside and enjoy the site! Must see!!
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  • Commissioned by Paul III to reaffirm the Papal power over Perugia and its population had risen to it, was built not only on homes and properties of the Baglioni family which had been the main antagonist of the Papacy, but destroying and reusing stones and bricks of buildings of an entire neighborhood. Progressively dismantled, was finally demolished after the unification of Italy. Today, with a system of walkways and escalators, you can comfortably walk across part of his remains to arrive in the city center.
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  • A nice walk in the past tense, as if to relive a film that takes you to fantastic stories
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  • Very nice midieval gate opening to the restored underground area of Perugia. If in town- must visit!
  • The oldest and most fascinating area of Perugia!! A must see 👍
  • nice view great place to visit
  • Amazing place to visit. This is truly unique in the world : the walls to protect the city were built around older buildings, absorbing them and thus creating an inside the wall city. Don't miss the Etruscan door and the small show with lights and sound. I entered the place through the small side door and the depth of the place can't do anything but surprise you
  • Cool (also as in temperature) place to explore in the middle of Perugia. Ones moment you're taking an escalator thinking you're in a subway station, and all of a sudden you're roaming around a medieval fortress! Next to the halls, corridors and arches there's a nice video exhibit about the city. You'll be able to find it by following the music sounding through the halls as soon as you enter, adding to the atmosphere. It is also a quick way to get to Piazza Italia, so that's a nice bonus.
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