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Shots Of The Winding Roads Up - And Up

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Ah! The joys of driving Perugia.

Seriously. This is one of the most fun cities to drive in Italy, because of the wonderful streets, the relative absence of traffic, and the swooping climbs up and down. Meredith would have enjoyed this, even if she mostly took a bus.

Many streets below the walled city to the south and the west resemble these first five shots. Many streets 10outside the walled city to the north and the east resemble the second five shots. 

The shot above is from the exact same spot as the last two shots in the post below: in front of the railway station. (The last shot was of the Co-op, a major retail store Meredith surely shopped in.)

After this straight stretch up, the street up makes 10 zigs and 10 zags and you’re there. Either at the south end of the walled city (Piazza Italia), or if you took a left at a y-junction, you’ll be below the School for Foreigners.

The second five shots are of the street 10outside the “gate” at the top end of Garibaldi. Sollecito’s street. Sollecito would have used that gate frequently to drive down to the engineering school in the valley to the west.

Continue for about a mile on the street that passes the gate - which swoops way down and way up again - and you’ll be at Meredith’s house.

The last shot is from above and behind Meredith’s house.

These five shots are of the street outside the “gate” at the top end of Garibaldi. Sollecito’s street. Sollecito would have used that gate frequently to drive down to the engineering school in the valley to the west.

Continue for about a mile on the street that passes the gate - which swoops way down and way up again - and you’ll be at Meredith’s house. The last shot is from above and behind Meredith’s house.


Shots Of The Stazione di Perugia!

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Perugia’s central railway station. Quiet right now, in these shots, but a busy place at most other times of the day.

The track south (shots 1 and 2) heads for points south and east of Perugia, and of course for Rome, about an hour away. The track north (shots 3 and 4) loops around to the west, and eventually heads for Florence, Bologne and Milan.

This station seems to enter the story on five occasions.

Meredith first arrived here, and would have walked through one of those doors and that waiting room with her bags to the piazza out front, presumably to take a taxi home on that first day.

Knox arrived here at least twice, and departed (back to Germany) at least once. And Sollecito once had a deal with a Polish woman, to drop her off here on the night in question. Which she then canceled.

Thus providing time enough for Sollecito to do mischief. Seemingly, considerable mischief.


Shots Of Modern West Perugia

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This light industry and this housing is on the flat land a couple of miles from the walled city.

Perugia extends to the west and the south more than it does to the east and the much more hilly north. The main game in town of course is higher education, but all of the businesses you see here seemed to be prospering.

Chocolate is maybe the largest of the manufacturing industries. There are a lot of sub-offices. Perugia of course is less than 90 minutes drive from Rome, and all along the main highways you see development similar to this.

A prosperous town by the look of it. The roads and communications are excellent, and the housing of a high standard. And it is a pretty and fun place to live.


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