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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 #6 of 24 Attractions in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: http://www.pozzodellacava.it/caves/
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: http://www.pozzodellacava.it/caves/

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Huddersfield
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The geology and history of these caves are fascinating and while the tour gives an insight, you are left wanting to experience more

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Perth Western Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was a very warm day and the caves were lovely and cool! The tour guide and diagrams used to explain the geology and events were very interesting. Though the idea of pigeon meat being your only source of meat didn't appeal. It showed how resourceful people can be in times of difficulty. But as in a lot of places... More 

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Durango, CO
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

There are over 1200 caves dug in the tuff under Orvieto. The first were dug by Etruscans looking for water. Most are private, but there is a great little tour, Orvieto Underground, which is very interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Underground history spanning from Etruscan times all the way to modern history- the tour of Orvieto caves is well worth your time.

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Coral Springs, Florida, Usa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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