In the underground of Perugia (Umbria, Italy) – beneath the fortress “Rocca Paolina” run many tunnels / streets. They are still lined by the entrances of the houses that were buried under the Rocca Paolina when it was built.
And some of them still see use today, the old streets pedestrian streets (with a couple of escalators) that connect the city center with the bus station, some parking lots and a newer part of the city that lies beneath the ridge the city center is located on. And some of the building house exhibitions.
The interesting thing about these streets is that they are the streets of old, former city parts that got buried beneath the Rocca Paolina when it was erected in 1540-43 following plans of Antonio da Sangallo (the Younger), a noted Florentine architect.
The Rocca was built to tighten the hold of the Papal State on Perugia after the “Salt War”, where Perugia rebelled against a salt tax leveled by Pope Paul III.
Before that tax Perugia had been a long time supporter of the Papal State, but independent of it, under the government of Guelph merchants (since 1198 when it left Imperial authority and placed itself under the protection of Pope Innocence III.).
cropping (to remove some annoying posters), curves, levels, sharpening, a little bit of burning
under the Rocca Paolina
Perugia, Umbria, Italy