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Rocca Paolina

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Address: Corso Vannucci | Piazza Italia, Perugia, Italy
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Spectacular fortress well enhanced by the escalators which makes visiting from top to bottom end so easy. Must say the market was very disappointing but didn't really come there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spectacular fortress well enhanced by the escalators which makes visiting from top to bottom end so easy. Must say the market was very disappointing but didn't really come there for shopping anyway!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fortress was built at the direction of the mid-16th century Pope Paul III to make sure that the citizens of Perugia couldn't escape from his political control. In order to build it, a medieval part of town was destroyed and replaced by this gigantic structure with internal corridors (used in winter for Christmas market vendors). The scale of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very alive on christmas, east to get there. Visit in the morning and night. Easy walking and anice market

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Staines, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Read all the reviews so took a look - the Christmas market was disappointing but the place itself very interesting

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Upstate New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 18 November 2016 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 15 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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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