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Rocca Paolina

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Address: Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy
Phone Number: +39 075 572 8440
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Where antiquity meets the 21st century

Rocca Paolina is a fortress built in the 16th century which has been partially restored. It is situated at the top of a series of escalators that the city elders had the good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Upstate New York
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Upstate New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rocca Paolina is a fortress built in the 16th century which has been partially restored. It is situated at the top of a series of escalators that the city elders had the good sense to build as Perugia is build high upon a hill overlooking Umbria. I love the symbolism of the 21st century meeting the16th century! Take a few... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Rocca's is a fascinating history. One can read of the Salt War and Papal punishment, but it only comes alive when you walk the obliterated streets and see the home sites buried in the bowels of the fort. And a wonderful contemporary art gallery is a bonus feature.

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Polegate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this, it is free and was spectacular! We were in a hotel right by it, and would never have realised it was there! Good job i checked the top ten things to do in Perugia!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're sightseeing in Perugia this is a place you really mustn't miss. Particularly to be recommended when the Christmas market is on. It winds through these ancient underground passages with hundreds of stalls. Lots of crafts on display and things to eat and drink. Best part is that it's not subject to the vagaries of weather. In summer it's... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did enjoy the Rocca Paolina very much. I was on my own for an afternoon to explore the beautiful ancient city of Perugia and hit the 'mother load' to satisfy my passion for archaeology. Any budding amateur archaeologist would feel the same. The BC part of this city was buried and a new city built over the top in... More 

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Kent, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 parking area to the center of the old town. The well thought out lighting heightens the structural beauty of this underground area. Exploring this site, when... More 

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Perugia, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I found the Rocca Paolina very interesting and it's crazy that it is not only free to go into bu that it is a normal thoroughfare to get in and out of the centro storico! Anyone who likes history will probably find it interesting and there are often market stalls in it too!

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Gronau, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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 October 14, 2016

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 October 9, 2016

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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