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Walled City North: Second Way Down To Meredith’s House

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We are now about 100 meters - a small city block - east of the street in the previous post.

Via Bartolo is a direct-line extension of the crowded Via Vanucci of two posts ago. And all of it, except for the curve at the bottom, points PRECISELY at the girls’ house.

Walk the several streets up and down from the girls’ house to the central piazzas, and THIS will very rapidly become your preferred route.

It is the shortest. It is interesting and entertaining - some stores, some restaurants, some flowers growing - and it is well lit. And it is really entertaining down the bottom, where the cobbles almost shake the traffic to pieces.

also, note how very pedestrian-friendly it is: the footpath, the steps lower down, and the protective posts to protect from the vehicles.

And there is one other feature - a real surprise. See the next post. 


Walled City North: Second Way Down To Meredith’s House (2)

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That’s still Via Bartolo above, as in the previous post.

These steps below, the Via Scorcesa steps, which lead off, are a real surprise. They’re a shortcut, from the lower section of Via Bartolo to the gelateria, the basketball court, and (especially) the final famous steps down to the t-junction near the girls’ house.

By not having to walk all the way down Via Bartolo, where it curves toward the School for Foreigners, there’s a saving of nearly two hundred meters, and several minutes.

So why the surprise?

Well, neither from below or above do they look PUBLIC. If you just glance at them, from above or below, you’d almost certainly think, that is somebody’s courtyard.

Meredith and Knox and many other temporary residents would have dropped to the fact that they are an excellent shortcut. A very compelling route to take.

So. The secret steps! Hiding in plain sight!


House Area: Piazza Grimana Down To The Tee Junction

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Walled City North: Third Way Down To Meredith’s House

Again, we are looking north toward the girls’ house from the Corso Vanucci - looking slightly uphill, in fact, for this is the highest area of all in the Walled City.

Seemingly deserted, here in the first shot, but at night the area lights up as there are quite a few pizzeria restaurants up there. From the Via Del Sol - actually, from the Via Delle Prome, which it becomes - a VERY long stretch of stairs heads down. They wind around, in s-curve fashion, and at bottom they connect up with the street and the steps in the previous two posts.

A very tough climb up, from the girls’ house. But a very nice walk down and, day or night, with a TERRIFIC view.

The shot above was first posted with this explanation:

In late July, Perugia was relatively quiet. But summer courses continued, and students were still in town.

Nationalities? Many Italians of course. But many others too. Especially American, British, and Chinese.

A clear majority of them at the time were women.

One of the exercises became how to take photographs without including a 20-year-old in almost every shot.

This shot is an exception. The girl was reading under a street light at sunset - and she never ever looked up.

Safe and relaxed there.

Perhaps 300 feet down, and 300 yards to the right, almost in the shot, is the former home of Meredith Kercher.


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.


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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 The Walled City Closer Up

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Three shots of the south end of the massif: the Piazza Italia end with its great views.

And three shots of the north end with the main campus of the university and, behind, the locations where the events of the case took place. Three or four roads zizag up to the top on this west side.

In places, you can see the city wall, which at times seems more like a landscaping feature than the wall of a fortress. Extensively modified in places, but much of it is in great condition.


Shots Of The Walled City From A Distance

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Great early-morning views, from an olive-covered hillside two miles to the west. There is a restaurant and communications gear on the top of this hill.

The shots below are a panoramic view from the south to the north. Most of the events of this case took place behind the left end of the massif.

In the valley at the center of these shots are the railway station, the Faculty of Engineering where Sollecito was enrolled, and the household shopping stores the girls probably used.

It is hard to see, but there is a small one-car overhead railway running up the hill to the walled city. Buses are excellent, but the girls may have used this fast system.


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.


Shots Of Perugia’s Far West

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Shots of The Patio: One Of Perugia’s Nicest Hotels

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It’s hard to find better. In fact, it’s a little hard to find any. The only alternative to the El Patio appears to be the Golf, which is pricier.

There are several very lovely old hotels right off the main piazzas. They do cost more though, and have limited parking. Otherwise, even in daylight, hotels of any kind seem hard to find around Perugia.

As you might deduce from the previous post, the El Patio is on the western outskirts of Perugia. It took over an hour to spot it, late in the evening, after some fruitless cruising closer to downtown.

It’s about 15 years old and is rather oddly located. This makes it a real bargain in terms of the room price. In July, a large room with a huge balcony cost just over $100. Rather cheap by European standards.

From the El Patio, there is a very fast route via the autostrada to all points central. El Patio has a good pool, and hotel-room internet of sorts. And that huge expanse of onyx the bar and counter are made of? They glows softly at night.

Let’s see here. Knox and her sister stayed in a hotel “twenty minutes away” when she first visited Perugia to find a place to live.

This one? Conceivable. 


Google Earth Images Of The Walled City Of Perugia

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Downloaded Maps Of The Walled City Of Perugia

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