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Parking in Perugia

Pauline Kenny

Perugia is a great city to visit, but it is difficult to get to. The old part of the city is on a hilltop (really on top of a cliff) and the modern part has built up around the bottom of the hill. The modern part is quite large and the traffic is thick, but you have to drive right through this area to get to the old part. Large parking lots have been provided at the base of the hill and from there you take elevators up through the hill (you go underground) to the old part of the city.

From the freeway that connects Siena and Perugia, take the exit marked Centro or Centro Historico (or the universal symbol of the bulls eye for Centro) and follow the signs. We did this in 1999 and after some difficult driving, easily found the parking lots.

The hard thing for us was finding our way out. If you are just going onto the freeway, it is not that complicated. Just follow the signs to the freeway. But if you are going back to Panicale, like we were, or any town in that area, you have to follow the signs to the major town on the road you are looking for. For Panicale, I think we followed signs for Citta d. Pieve, which was the large town at the end of that road (but I am not sure).

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