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Category: Her Perugia

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Meredith’s Perugia #38: Popular Beaches In Italy’s Deep South She Will Never See

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Meredith’s Perugia #37: Aerial Perugia With High Definition Drone Photography

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Only In Italy? A Complete Orchestra - Of Women Playing Harps

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Complexity squared….

The venues are not given, but one looks like the La Scala Opera House in Milan, completely sold out. Actually, there are a few such orchestras elsewhere in Europe and in the US; in Italy they are thick on the ground.

Friday, January 01, 2016

“Happy Day” By Universita per Stranieri Students Meredith Would Surely Have Got Along With

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Buon Anno 2016! Bay Of Naples Has A Fireworks Show Like… Not Your Normal Town

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Last year the fireworks of Meredith’s home town received a lot of praise - she was born not far from that giant wheel.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Favorite Videos To Honor Meredith’s Nice Embracing Town Perugia At Christmas

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Meredith’s Perugia #35: A Main Draw For Her, The Exuberant Baroque And Renaissance

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Meredith’s Perugia #34: Startling Sights Of Italy As Selected By Video Editor Alessandro Belotti

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Exhausted yet?!!  Another in our video series of what Meredith could and should have seen. Same with everybody here if they possibly can.

We have had some readers curious as to the point of this series - until they themselves got to go there. THEN they saw what Meredith was forever stopped from seeing, and they started really watching.

Amateur editor Alessando Belotti put this YouTube together.  Italians have produced far more of these proud, adulatory videos than any other nationaility, go online and you can track down thousands.

Italian are lucky that they have so much to work with - huge history, culture and scenery; fashion, cars, food and wines, mountains, plains, and a coastline that is one of the longest in the world.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Meredith’s Perugia #33: A Great Look Around Her Chosen Italy By Helicopter

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Meredith’s Perugia #32: The Historical And Cultural Center Of Perugia

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Everybody here knows that the center of Perugia is a walled plateau. If you’ve not yet been there, though, it might surprise you how high up it is.

Its great height really explains its existence. Above the mosquitoes and marauding bands. Its great height does not always come out in these videos. At a guess it is 1500 feet up. To get up there involves long fun zig-zaggy climbs up from the railway station area to the west or from the football stadium area to the south.

Hardly anyone arrives from the east or the north. To the east behind the court there is a long rather steep drop down and few roads could be built at the lowest levels. Perugia ends rather abruptly down there.

To the north below the sweeping view from Meredith’s window the two winding roads to the bottom of the deep valley through groves of olive trees and fig trees drop down for a very long time. It is difficult to build on those slopes. Perugia also ends rather abruptly down there.

Perugia is right at the center of the Apennnine mountains, which are slowly sinking and dividing out.  Perugia is strangely protected though. This makes it one of the most original old cities in Italy, one of the few where the tolls from natural forces have always been low and the ancient artistry remains.

Meredith knew all of this long before she got there. It was a place she was bound to love, and would have remained attached to for life.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Meredith’s Perugia #33: Calabria In Deep South Gradually Climbs Back Up In Tbe World

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The “toe” of Italy. To the west is haunting Sicily, and to the east is lively Salento.

All of these areas are increasingly becoming tourist hotspots as they have the hottest sun and least crowds and their history is pretty interesting. The further back in history you go the rainier and greener and more prosperous these provinces were. Once they were very well off.

They were also being given special economic boosts courtesy of the European Community - at least uintil “austerity” became the mantra of the day and their special programs had to be cut back.

In the 20th century maybe a higher proportion of the population from the Calabria province moved to the US than from any other. Pity. Scarce talent.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Meredith’s Perugia #32: Why Italy Is so Attractive To So Many Smart Students Like Meredith

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Over 100 of these for Italy and its various cities are online; some are promotional, some personal, reflecting happy memories; Meredith was there with the EC’s Erasmus scheme.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Meredith’s Perugia #31: Spectacular Dolomites World Heritage Playground In Northeast

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Half a day north of Perugia. Home to some of the most intrepid rock-climbing and fastest skiing in Europe

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Some Cool Videos From A Very Cool Country - Stagioni Saluti Everyone

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Meredith’s Perugia #30: Naples Where Meredith On A School Holiday First Got Deeply Hooked On Italy

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meredith’s Perugia #31: Naples Area Where Meredith Was So Happy On A School Visit

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Meredith’s Perugia #29: The Very Elegant City Of Milano Just Half A Day To The North

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Caring Perugia Sets Up A Scholarship To Commemorate Meredith And Offer A Kind Gesture To Her Family

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We previously posted this report on the Mayor of Perugia, Wladimiro Boccali, and how he reflects the city’s still caring for Meredith.

Now we have this report from UPI that he and the city council and the School for Foreigners have created a scholarship for Meredith.

ROME, Nov. 3 (UPI)—A scholarship has been set up in the memory of a British exchange student found murdered three years ago in central Italy, officials said.

Perugia and the city’s University for Foreigners said the scholarship would honor the life of Meredith Kercher, the ANSA news agency reported.

‘‘Meredith Kercher was here, our guest, to study and we want to remember her as a young student,’’ Mayor Wladimiro Boccali said Tuesday, the third anniversary of the day she was found with her throat cut…

‘‘Perugia wants a tangible sign to remain from her coming here,” Boccali said. ‘‘I think Meredith should be considered one of us and, as such, she should find a place in the city’s shared memory, with a thought also for her devastated family.’‘

Murders are extremely rare in Perugia so they affect the whole city deeply. The city council has also tried its best to be helpful to the family and encourage the search in the Sonia Marra case.

Sonia also was a visiting student.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #28: The Palm Riviera, For Her, Less Than One Hour East

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #27: Half A Day’s Drive North - The Italian Lakes

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #26: Amazing Tuscany, Just To The North And North-West Of Perugia

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Meredith would surely have explored Tuscany. Probably even within her intended one year in Perugia - parts of Tuscany are mere minutes away.

Florence of course is in Tuscany (its capital). So are most of these sunflowers.  Also Pisa, and also Siena, the hilltop university city that most resembles Perugia.

The singer on the second video, Andrea Bocelli, comes from Tuscany - specifically from Lajatico, a village in the heart of the sunflower area.

He went fully blind at the age of twelve. We hope these sights linger in his mind.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #26: Florence, A Very Pretty One Hour Train Ride To The North

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Italy seems to have more of these high-quality, lovingly created videos online than any other country in the world. These videos show the true face of Italy, one of the gentler, more welcoming places on earth.

You might like to watch the previous videos. Perugia itself comes across really well, as do Rome, Venice, Naples, and the Italian Riviera. Real surprises even for us have been Sicily, and the extreme south-east.

To our knowledge, all of these places except for Rome and of course Perugia still lay ahead for Meredith. They do hammer home the effect of a fine life so stupidly cut short.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #25:  Images Of The Rome She Surely Would Have Explored in-Depth

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #24: These Are All Places Meredith Could Have Got To In An Hour

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Is that Vivaldi in both? At a guess, yes, it is.

If you have a special thing for Italian classical music (and who doesnt?) take another look at these.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #23: Would She Have Been Attracted To Haunting Sicily?

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #22: Salento In South-Eastern Italy - Where Sonia Came From

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #23: A Moving Video Of The Venice That Meredith Might Really Have Loved

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #21: The Pretty Trasimeno Area Just To The West

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Meredith’s Perugia #21: We Return To The Amalfi Coast As Meredith Might Very Well Have Done

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This truly spectacular shoreline with the pretty villages and great drive along it draws people back again and again.

The Amalfi coast is about three hours from Perugia, two from Rome, and one from Naples. The coast faces south, so it is sunny all day, and all the way along, the main crop is huge yellow lemons - mostly made into a liquer.

We posted still shots here and these now are some great videos.

More places Meredith will never see. How much she could have done in that very promising lifetime…. 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Meredith’s House Sees Some Seasonal Snow

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Rather nice. You can see Meredith’s bedroom window with the amazing views at top-right above there.

Perugia is located in the Appenine mountains which see at least some light snow every winter. Some more images of the Appenines posted here.

Because of intended developments in this area the house may not remain standing forever. Kermit presented us with an intriguing analysis of why the house is the way it is.

It’s quite moving, that out-of-season red rose, down below in the last shot.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Meredith’s House Seen In One Of Perugia’s December Mists This Mornining

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #20: The Old City In A Wistful, Perhaps Might-Have-Been Mood

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #19: A Song As A Tribute To Meredith By Perugian Rodolfo Susta

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This is a touching story, which seems appropriate to the day.

Redolfo Susta is a talented and popular songwriter and singer in Perugia with a big heart who was deeply saddened by the loss of the bright promise that was Meredith and the media chicanery that clouded her memory..

As we have done by way of this website, to try to even the balance in Meredith’s favor, Redolfo has done by way of a song which he has repeatedly sung in Perugia. His audiences all know of Meredith, and they in turn have been moved and inspired.

The link to his song “Meredith” is presently at top-center of Rodolfo’s MySpace page and the story of how the song was created is at bottom here (click for “more”)..

He has offered the song either virtually through the web or perhaps in person one day to Meredith’s grieving family.

Click here for the rest

Monday, October 26, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #18-B: That Weekend Destination Meredith Might Have Loved, Here At Night

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A mere four or five hours from Perugia, and another of those wonderful destinations in Italy that foreigners are so quick to make their own. Posted previously in daylight. 

Italy surely leads the world now, with France a close second, in the quality and the extent of its amazing urban floodlighting.  As usual, click for the larger images.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #18: Yet Another Wonderful Weekend Destination That Meredith Might Have Loved

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Italian Tourism Bouncing Back: Perugia Becoming More Visited

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That above is one of Perugia’s four-star hotels right off the great Corso Vanucci. It is two or three minutes walk from the courtroom.

Towns in Italy in mid-summer are always pretty quiet, because so many are away at the beach. But there is a report out now that despite the recession, hotels in Perugia and Italy generally are moving back to very high occupancy.

Italy is the second most-visited country in Europe after France. And rightly so.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #17: Another Spectacular Coast That Meredith Might Have Loved

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Meredith could easily have reached here by car down the autostrada in three or four hours.

This is the Amalfi coast. Again a very beautiful place that many foreigners in Italy hit in a hurry.

It is the south shore of the peninsula across the bay from Naples - in effect, it has its back to Naples. At the end of the peninsula is Sorrento, and just out to sea beyond is the Isle of Capri.

Improbably, there are towns all the way along. More improbably, there is a two-lane highway all the way along too, very high up on the side of the hill - you can see one shot of it below.

And even more improbably, full-sized buses and coaches head along that road. Mostly they are easy to squeeze past, but periodically in tight places, negotiations have to take place.

Quite often with considerable humor. Italy is never ever short of friendly smiles and laughs. Perhaps one reason Meredith was so attracted. .

These are the previous posts in this series. Many peoples’ favorite.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #16: More Of The Bay Of Naples That Meredith Might Have Loved

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #15: Another Weekend Destination That Meredith Might Have Loved

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Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, and the truly spectacular Amalfi coast

Would Meredith have headed here? Well, almost every new resident of Italy does tend to, as soon as they can make it! A startlingly blue and busy bay, towns atop high cliffs, a volcano active in the last century, several beautiful islands, and almost endless fun, food, history and culture.

Meredith could easily have arrived here from Perugia in three or four hours along the autostrada,

This first of several posts tracks the shoreline of Naples from east to west. From sunrise over Vesuvius to the Naples seaport, the two waterfront castles (Maschio Angioino and Castel Dell’ovo), and the corniche and marina of the Mergellina waterfront area.

Some of the best floodlighting in the world is absolutely transforming Italy at night, by the way. In Perugia but not yet Naples, Meredith may well have noticed.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #14: A Beautiful Weekend Destination That Meredith Might Have Loved

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The Cinques Terres portion of the Italian Riviera.

Northwest of Perugia and Florence and south-east of Genoa and Turin, it can easily be reached from Perugia in a morning’s or an afternoon’s drive.

That is the famous Portofino above. Crowded now with Ferraris and million-dollar speedboats. Cinques Terres might have been beyond Meredith’s budget for her student year in Italy.

But we’re suspecting that the lifetime roots she was putting down in Italy might one day have drawn her here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Lively Side Of Perugia That Meredith Never Really Saw

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Two typical summer scenes in Perugia. First posted last November, and still moving for the street theater that Meredith so looked forward to and saw so little of after she arrived in Perugia in the fall.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

An Exceptionally Lovely Area of A Particularly Beautiful Town

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Shots of Meredith’s house and her spectacular views north, around sunset, plus the jazz festival that finished a few days ago, and other views Meredith must also have looked at often, from the south end of town.

Like so many others when visiting Perugia and the neighborhood of the house, I am struck almost speechless by the incongruities.

THIS crime should NEVER EVER have taken place HERE.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #13: Cool Places To Head For When Perugia Is Too Hot

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Click above for some cool destinations.

Umbria’s great parks. All of them are within one hour of Perugia, and several are within half an hour.

We presume that Meredith saw Lake Trasimeno, the closest, because the lake (Perugia’s water supply) is on the direct route to Florence and all of Tuscany.

But busy with her studies in the fall, the only time of year she experienced Perugia, it is probable that Meredith never saw the others.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #12: A Colorful Event Right Now That Meredith Might Have Loved

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The flowering of the sunflowers. Il girasoli.

They are flowering right now all around Perugia, and especially to the west in Tuscany.

If you are not pre-warned and happen suddenly on one of these fields, you can drive right off the road, the visual impact is so great!

Meredith missed ever seeing this beautiful sight, sad to say. But many of the foreign students from the university towns do go out to see.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #11: Would Some Of These Have Been Her Best Friends For Life?

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Meredith was on Europe’s elite Erasmus Program for her year in Perugia. It must have been one of the happiest moments of her life when she won that award.

Not only is it well structured and well funded - Erasmus students find themselves transformed in their career expectations, and invariably they bond with their classmates for life.

These in the video above are Erasmus students from Perugia who would have been there for the same year (2007-2008) as Meredith. They are photographed here at Perugia and at Foggia University during a semester there - Foggia is south-east of Perugia, on Italy’s east coast, 

Students like Meredith from Leeds and other British universities study the British Council Erasmus website for everything relevant to their great adventure.  And there are dozens of post-Erasmus networking sites for fellow students to remain in touch.

The video below captures the spirit of the program - why Meredith would have been so attracted, and so proud.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #10: Umbria Jazz - One Of Many Festivals She Never Got To See

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #9: Some Pretty Water-Related Scenes Nearby

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Would Meredith ever have set eyes on these lakes?

Perhaps most likely is Lake Trasimeno, the first lake here, which by car on the autostrada west (and then to Florence or Rome) is less than 15 minutes from her house.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #8: Heart Of A Humane And Very Civilized Part Of The World

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #7: The Rap-Music Scene…

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Meredith’s Perugia #6: Scenes Around Her Fine Old University

Posted by Peter Quennell

Click the small rectangle at lower right here for a full-screen version - recommended.

The School for Foreigners shows up early in this video, and the old Roman viaduct directly behind and below.

Founded as an institution separate from the University of Perugia (it was one man’s post-war vision) the School was assimilated into it for administrative reasons back in the 1990s

Meredith was enrolled in the School for Foreigners for her advanced Italian classes, and in the Department of Politics for her study of European politics. Both in the old city.

Knox was enrolled only at the School for Foreigners - she seemed to be intending an easy few months. Sollecito lived in the old city, at its extreme north-west tip, but his Department of Computer Sciences is down in the newer part of Perugia, perhaps two kilometers further west.

We believe Meredith had good French and some German as well. She would have traveled easily around Europe and probably become a true international citizen.

Previous Perugia series in tribute to Meredith. Previous Leeds University scenes. and below, a first video.

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