Slow day in Perugia

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The Umbrian countryside
Perugia is a school town and when you're in the historical district there are some great views, unfortunatly there's not a lot going on from a turism point of view. 

Today I want to the historical district.  This is on top of a large hill which you have to take the bus, or the new Mini-Metro, to get to it because otherwise once you got there you would likely just sit there all day in preparation for the walk down. 

The several main squares are beautiful and are surrounded by many shops and resturants.  During the day the students seem to use the main steps of the church to hang out and socialize.  I spent some time there myself after grabbing a pita sandwich and a coke.  Even though it was a little windy it was a great and relaxing way to pass the afternoon.
The main square. Notice the students hanging out on the stairs.
  Eventually I started to wander around a bit and towards the end of the day I discovered that not only does the Mini-Metro take you to this historical area, it goes right down the street from my hostel.  I took it back, rested a bit, and then rode the Mini Metro back into town.

The Mini Metro is like a subway, but the cars are above ground, they aren't joined, and there's no driver.  Rather you ride in a small car with as many as 15-20 people.  A little like a Disneyland ride, you get it, and at the end you get off.  My stop is at the end of the line and I made the mistake of getting on the wrong side (as if I was going one more stop away from downtown, instead of towards it).  Since it was the end of the line, the lights turned off.
The rest of Perugia, from high on the hill.
  Someone said something to me over the announcement speaker (which I didn't understand of course) and then the car did an end of line turn around (like the roller coaster cars at parks sometimes do) and took me back to my stop, now headed in the right direction.  The lights turned back on and everything was okay.

Dinner was at the same location as last night, and it was great.  I had a different risotto as a starter (I love risotto), and then had the pork again.  This time they put little dices of lemon peel/rind in the rocket lettuce.  I never thought about eating just the rind, but it was great.  It wasn't tough at all so I wonder if they didn't marinate or pickle it in some way.

I had planned on staying here 3 days, but it's just not worth it so I decided that it was time for the Cinqueterre.  When I left for Italy I was aware of the trial taking place here for the american student accused of murdering her roommate.  It's only later that I realized I was in the same town.  Had I put it together I might have visited the courthouse just to see. 
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The Umbrian countryside
The Umbrian countryside
The main square.  Notice the stude…
The main square. Notice the stud…
The rest of Perugia, from high on …
The rest of Perugia, from high on…
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A pedestrian staircase from the ci…
A pedestrian staircase from the c…
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They even have a Niketown. You k…
The inside of the mini metro.
The inside of the mini metro.
The tunnel of the mini-metro as yo…
The tunnel of the mini-metro as y…
The roads are narrow, and have tig…
The roads are narrow, and have ti…
Perugia
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