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Rocca Paolina

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Address: Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0755728440
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Fascinating and unusual place

The history of Rocca Paolina states this was built as a fortress by a Pope who made himself unpopular at the time by clearing a number of homes, churches etc to make way for this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kevin F
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Gronau, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this historic site is interesting, it remains a little 'dark' as visitors are passing through without being introduced to it. The escalators and dark alleys appear more as passages than as spaces to dwell in, and those spaces that contain interesting items - an exhibition, models of ancient and modern Perugia, etc. - are left to one's own initiative... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of Rocca Paolina states this was built as a fortress by a Pope who made himself unpopular at the time by clearing a number of homes, churches etc to make way for this rather weird fortress. It is built into the steep hillside of Perugia and forms a series of what is now underground passages and chambers. A... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don’t miss this - especially try to visit on a Saturday when the market in the basement area is in full swing. Here you will find great food - we ate wild boar porchetta, and chocolate plus it is an amazing place to just walk around. This is all in the lower part of a huge fortress that was built... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Perugia today, Umbria's capital and largest city. It is full of fine old buildings and churches. One most amazing site was the Etruscan city that sits beneath the Rocca Paolina. The Etruscans built the city dating back to the BC centuries. After Rome colonized Perugia, the city thrived and a few families grew wealthy and... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We passed through it daily on our way from the main bus station to the top of the town, a journey made easy by four long escalators. Underground passages lead off in all directions, encouraging exploration but leaving one worrying about finding the way out again! There's very little in the way of explanation within the ancient structure, but lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's now a thoroughfare for a series of interconnecting escalators (scala mobile) from the Perugia bus station and where we garaged our car, but it's built through the ancient city! Wander around and see high ceilings, thick walls, and foot-worn floors. Marvel at the realisation that it's built by a Pope in 1548, on top of the Look At Me... More 

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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Enter from the escalators. Underground city where people used to live. You can still see one of the ovens. It's free to get in.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

I lived in Perugia years ago and had no clue about Rocca Paolina. It was an underground awesomeness!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Lots of art work on display. The Rocca has a lot of interesting history and is worth exploring. Enjoy!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

This place is really cool, the connection between past and present is really visible in here...art exhibitions, sculptures and history are all connected with beauty and harmony...Rocca Paolina also connect the Old Town on the top of city to the down city of Perugia through escalators.

Thank monica c

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