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Pozzo della Cava

Via della Cava 28, Orvieto, Italy
0763 342 373
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Ranked #6 of 25 attractions in Orvieto
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Pozzo della Cava is more than just a well... ...it's one of the highlights of a historical and archaeological tour of Orvieto...it's a place where... more » Owner description: Pozzo della Cava is more than just a well... ...it's one of the highlights of a historical and archaeological tour of Orvieto...it's a place where the past and the present combine with respect for twenty-seven centuries of tradition...it's an invitation to discover Etruscans, Middle Ages and Renaissance, because Orvieto is not only the Cathedral...it's a fascinating underground itinerary located in the heart of Orvieto, through caves full of recently discovered archaeological finds...it's an unusual way of discovering the history the city known as Urbs Vetus and the customs of its people...it's an original opportunity to retake possession of a disinterred heritage « less
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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Although this cave is privately owned and located under someone's personal property, it was included in our Orvieto Carta Unica ticket. The cave is simply fascinating and there is very good signage providing the history of the cave and its prior functions. We had the entire cave to ourselves when we were there and it was eerie.

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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The question I most repeated to our Orvietan host was "come hanno fatto?" ("how did they ever make this?"). Unfortunately most of the construction techniques of the 16th and 17th centuries have been lost for eternity, so we will never know. The Pozzo (well) was closed in the mid 1600s. Its rediscovery ranks among one of the most important finds... More

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I really enjoyed this attraction which is just a short walk from Piazza della Repubblica, costs only 3 euros and is beautifully displayed. Signage is in 5 languages and gives a nice overview of the history behind these caves. Artifacts are very interesting and seeing how Orvieto's famous wine was stored amazing. It's not the usual kind of museum I... More

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Visiting Pozzo della Cava is like peeling back the onion skins of time. I'd suggest going as the entry to this historic well and cave system is just about $3USD. Perfect to do on a hot afternoon! I visited with my Alba Tours group and we were rushed, so I feel like I didn't get enough time to really learn... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The history of the discovery of Pozzo della Cava is a wonderful story. Meeting the proprietor, a lovely older gentleman who always welcomes you with a smile as he shows you the treasures beneath his home... He also has a wonderful collection of old vines/grappa/limoncello and great coffee.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you're in Orvieto for a day or two, this cave is worth a visit. The artifacts were artfully displayed and well-explained in English. We didn't make it to the other big well in Orvieto so I don't know how it compares, but it was closer to where we were staying and open into the evening when most other places... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is a privately owned cave system and is so well laid out. We appreciated all the notations and explanations in English, which is unusual in this area. We did not try to restaurant, but it certainly looked very nice.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This was a great introduction to one of the many wonders of orvieto. It was an amazing place with an interesting history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Blink and you would miss this little gem costing 3 euros. Refurbished by the owners at their cost this attraction, with English translations, shows pre Roman wells, pottery, kilns and caves. After tour you can have a espresso and a local wine for the amazing cost of only 2.40 euro for both, on the lovely roof terrace. A rare find.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

At 3e, this is worth it because you get to see a little of the caves beneath Orvieto, as well as signs detailing the lifestyle of the Etruscans, especially their potterymaking skills. The wells themselves were alright, but the strangest thing were the pseudo-lifelike mannequins used to illustrate the lifestyle.

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