We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Cavernous!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rocca Paolina

Rocca Paolina
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Perugia Sunset Walking tour
Ranked #2 of 134 things to do in Perugia
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Genoa, Italy
Level Contributor
643 reviews
335 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,243 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 most interesting area. You can return to the second escalator and continue down a series of escalators, but it's not near as interesting as at the bottom of the first escalator from Piazza Italia. It's free and there are several security cameras and occasional "police" to watch over activities, so it seems very safe. It was very unexpected and I really enjoyed walking through this area. Of course this isn't a new construction project, so expect uneven bricks in the street and watch your step. Recommended if you are strolling the nearby Piazza Italia for a 20 minute visit.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank AnnArborMHT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,300 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Anacortes, Washington
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Rocca Paolina”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
Thank Nancy D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Perugia, Italy
Level Contributor
155 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“needs an update”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

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

Visited August 2013
1 Thank italianwinestyle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 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 really advice everybody to take a look at it.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mark A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rocca Paolina very cool”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 complex was used for some of the best concerts of the Umbria Jazz festival. I say best, not biggest, since the room, while high, has a intimate scale, as ideal for a jazz performance as the big stadium is not. I'm curious as to why it's no longer used.

Visited July 2013
Thank Punditalia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Rocca Paolina also viewed

Perugia, Province of Perugia
Perugia, Province of Perugia

Been to Rocca Paolina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing