Perugia

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Ramazzano Station
After breakfast I buy train tickets from the front desk.   There are no ticket machines at Ramazzano Station, it has long been closed up and the train will only stop if you flag it down.  

The station is only a five minute walk through the hotel's back grounds, open the back gate and pop across the tracks.   The train from Perugia arrived first and the driver slowed down and made sure we weren't going his way.    Five minutes later our train arrived and we were soon on board.  When checking our tickets the conductress asked if we spoke Italian, sorry I said "Spiacente, che non parlo italiano ".   Fortunately we could communicate and Spanish numbers are so close to the Italian it was easy for her to tell us that there would be a strike in the afternoon and the last train home was at 1630.

In Perugia we didn't follow the map properly and took the wrong escalators up the hill.
Walking up the hill
  One set takes you all the way up but just off to the side of the train station the other set only takes you a little ways up the hill and into an interesting underground walkway that way built on the hill side.  Old walls and passageways can be seen while one goes u and then is exits in a small side street.   We then climb up a long street with stairs until we get to the main road / square / plaza on top.

We visit the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria housed in the very impressive Palazzo dei Priori which was worth the trip itself just to see the facade of this building.  It is still being used for government offices and shares floors with the museum.  The galleria's collection contains is mostly religious art and has some impressive altar pieces.  The boys were quickly bored but stayed good and would walk ahead and find a seat.
The Duomo and fountain
 

After the museum we find a store next door that sells a map of Umbria and quickly snatch it up along with some drinks for the boys.  They favor energy drinks and we get some water.   We walk across the plaza and look at the beautiful Fontana Maggiore before visiting the cathedral.

Next we wander down some side streets to find lunch and end up at a small snack bar.   After lunch we wander back towards the train station.  We catch the 1430 train back to Ramazzano and after a small break we get into the car and drive to Assissi.





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Ramazzano Station
Ramazzano Station
Walking up the hill
Walking up the hill
The Duomo and fountain
The Duomo and fountain
Alley on the way up the hill tunne…
Alley on the way up the hill tunn…
Perugia
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