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Rocca Paolina

Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy
+39 0755728440
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Ranked #6 of 64 Attractions in Perugia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

With a friend from the local area we walked down into these tunnels at night. They are all lit up and have an air of mystery. With 6 kids tagging along we walked from room to room. We learned that this was the original streets of the medieval town centre. Then the Pope of 1300-something wanted to build on top,... More

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York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A strange castle which has an escalator inside it, leading to the main streets of centro storico. It's impressive from the outside and inside houses ancient ruins. A cool place to escape on a hot day but it is a little creepy.

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King of Prussia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Rocca Paolina is such an interesting, cool place to go through with the escalator built within it. While walking underground, one gets to see the remains of medieval times. From the outside, it is visible from many areas and is quite impressive.

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new rochelle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was thoroughly enjoyable for two reasons. First, it was great to literally walk through the ruins on ancient times. They are very well preserved, with a few rooms off to the side -- some of which are used as places to present shows etc. Second, within this "rock" are a series of escalators which transport you up and down... More

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Perugia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the remains of a part of Perugia which was destroyed by the then pope for the purpose of providing foundations for the fortifications that the same pope built in about 1540. It is possible to walk through the partially restored foundations and see the building structures which remain. The papal fortress above was destroyed in the 19th century.

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Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Rocca Paolina can be accessed from Piazza Italia and Via Masi across from Hotel Brufani Palace. I thought I was going to an underground shopping center, but it's far more interesting-cavernous rooms from the past with a very eerie feeling. By taking the first free escalator down you can walk through the caves and out to Porta Mariza-this is the... More

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My first impression of "the rock" were feelings of mystery and magic. Its medieval history is most impressive and despite its cavernous nature feels safe in part due to sentinels who keep vigil over the tourists.

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Perugia, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

needs a good clean up, to have the pavement/floors re-done so people don't trip, and better lighting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We didn't plan to go and see this in Perugia. And we didn't expected it at all. After parking near st. Anna station we too the escalators to the old city centre. And all of the sudden we were in the middle of the underground city. We used it only to get in and out of the city but we... More

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Terni
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

One of the pleasures of using the main escalator in Perugia is that you pass through the Rocca Paloina, the fortress built by the Pope about five centuries ago. The spaces are impressive and on a very hot day like today, it is a very pleasant place to be. A few years back, one of the larger rooms in the... More

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