The city of Perugia has installed several public scala mobili e ascensori (escalators and elevators) around the city to make navigating some of the steeper hills easier. One of the neatest set of escalators that we’ve found are those that start at the Bus Station (Piazza Partigiani) and go up under the city to end inside the Rocca Paolina, a gigantic fortress built in the 16th century and situated in the middle of the Centro Storico in Piazza D’Italia.
Stairs at the Piazza Partigiani, Second entryway to the scala mobile, Mom on the steep escalator.
Inside the Rocca Paolina:
The last escalator ends in a cavernous section of the Rocco Paolina.
One of the now empty underground rooms of the fortress.
As we left the Rocco Paolina we were delighted to discover that Piazza D’Italia and Via Vannucci had been taken over by a street market! We wandered around the park and up Vannucci admiring the drawings, jewelry, antiques, purses, sundresses and other wares being peddled by the vendors.
Along the way home we stopped for lunch at Gus, a trattoria and sushi joint. We had the yummiest seaweed salad before the main sushi plate arrived. It was this good:
And finally, after our busy morning it was back home to the apartment for the traditional Italian mid-day rest.