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Perugia's Minimetrò

It runs by cable, from Pian di Massiano on the outskirts -- there's a stadium and a lot of car parking, past the main FS train station at Fontivegge. Then it starts to climb, to Madonna Alta, plunging underground for two stops.

Perugia's Minimetrò

Photo courtesy Flickr: batintherain

The first underground stop is Cupa, which is at the foot of the escalators that descend from Via dei Priori. Then it parallels the Galleria Kennedy, plunging under the very center of down (very deep at this point) to Pincetto, which is adjacent to the covered market (Mercato Coperto). You go up a few escalators and emerge in Piazza Matteoti, which is a block over from the Corso Vannucci.

It's easy to use -- there are ticket machines at every station, and they're multilingual. They accept coins, bills, credit cards and ATM cards (bancomat). A single ride costs 1 euro; there are discounts for multiple rides, or you can buy a pass.

Don't forget to hang onto your ticket! While officials might not be necessarily checking tickets, you need your ticket to open the turnstile to get onto the train platform AND again to exit the platform at your destination.

The "trains" are little silver cars and are cute, really. They come every couple of minutes. They're painted bright red inside. The stations themselves are ultramodern and striking, and were designed by the award-winning French architect, Jean Nouvel.

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