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Rocca Paolina

Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy
+39 0755728440
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Ranked #4 of 61 attractions in Perugia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
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new rochelle
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179 reviews 179 reviews
89 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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200 attraction reviews
755 helpful votes 755 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
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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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We just happened on this place but want go to back, atmosphere is fantastic in there. Would love to go to a concert in there. More art galleries would be good too.

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Idyllwild, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The underground city was interesting and COOL on a hot day! Note that other reviewers have mentioned that this is right on the stair/escalator route from the main piazza (across from the Bufani Hotel) to the parking at the bottom of the hill. It is, but watch out - not all the escalators are working all the time. The day... More

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Dragoer, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

First time we visited and it was very interesting. It is amazing that somebody actually bulild the underground city, and it is worth going to if you are in the area. Parking is a bit difficult in perugia, so we parked out side the city walls.

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