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Orvieto Caves

Address: Piazza Duomo 24 (tourist info office), Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763/344-891
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: http://www.pozzodellacava.it/caves/
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: http://www.pozzodellacava.it/caves/

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Coral Springs, Florida, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Under the city streets of Orvieto, in the Tuscany region of Italy lies the old "City Underground" featuring a series of tunnels and caves dug by Etruscans living 3,000 years ago. As part of an inexpensive city tour package allowing access to all the ancient and medieval attractions in this beautiful mountaintop city the "underground" offers a glimpse of everyday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is one of the things that makes Orvieto so special. Seems a lot of residents have their own personal caves too! Interesting that they bred pigeons for food in these caves, as well as milling flour using donkeys - all underground! Apparently made a great shelter from everything, but the main reason for the caves was because yes, a... More 

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Canton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The tour of the caves was very informative and unsusual. There were several lookout over the countryside that were beautiful at sunset.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The Orvieto Underground tour opens up a whole world below the surface. The tour groups are small (around a dozen people), and the guides are easily heard. Note that this is Not for those fearful of small spaces. There are treasures to view in the caves. But narrow passageways and dark, tight spaces will make some anxious. In addition to... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Next door to the information centre in Piazza Duomo is where you get the tickets for the underground tour. We booked for a 11 am. tour which took us into two caves systems which are open to the public. One of the unique things about Orvieto is the man made caves under most of the homes reached by steps from... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Very interesting to see how caves carved in in the volcanic rock under the town supported such activities as wine making, pressing of olives to make olive oil and the many ancient pigeon cotes where pigeons were raised for their meat. one cave even served as a bomb shelter. Apparently some of these caves are accessible from the buildings above.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can only see them with a tour guide....well worth the hour and few Euros it cost. The history was interesting and amazing!

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This was a last minute decision and I'm very glad we went. It takes a little over an hour to do, but it gives great insight into the history of Orvieto and the early Etruscans. Well worth the time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Touring the Etruscan caves was a highlight of our visit to Orvieto. We took an English-speaking tour and loved every minute of it. Our tour lasted about 1.5hrs, as we had some history buffs in the group asking loads of questions. Our tour guide was informative and entertaining, sharing fascinating stories of the Etruscans and their caves. It's hard to... More 

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Gothenburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We had heard of the underground caves of Orvieto, where the etruscans had resisted the romans for two years. As we are an old couple we hesitated for all the stairs. But we managed to climb down and up.The guide's information was full of insight and we could easily imagine how it once was to stay here for a long... More 

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