Due to work and school and colds and tiredness, which tended to result in me not doing much exciting, I haven’t posted in a few weeks. But I am remedying that today! A couple weeks ago, my dear companion and I trekked into Umbria on a particularly damp and gray day to visit Perugia.
Despite the combined extensive Italy time between us, neither of us have been to this quite lovely medieval hilltown that is famous for chocolate, Amanda Knox, and for art historians Nicola Pisano’s awesomesauce Fontana Maggiore. However, we were both thrilled by something we found in Perugia that we only both learned about from an Italian friend the day before:
A lot of hilltowns have some sort of special means for getting from the bottom of the hill, where the train station has to be, and the top of the hill where the historical center tends to be. Most of the time it’s a bus, or maybe a funicular (funicular puts the fun in hill ascending), but in Perugia, they came up with the awesomeness that is the Minimetro. It opened only recently (2008 I think?), and it’s a driverless metro system that feels almost akin to a slow-moving rollercoaster. The cars could fit maybe 15 people comfortably, and they came about every minute-and-a-half and they were BRILLIANT. Especially coming from Rome, where public transit is spotty at it’s finest. I would go back to Perugia just for the MiniMetro alone. However, Perugia has other charms, like the aforementioned Fontana Maggiore:
or the ridiculous views you get from the edge of town:
I plan to go back in the Spring/early Summer when the weather will be nicer. At the very least to ride the Minimetro and and see these guys from the Fontana Maggiore again: