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Pozzo della Cava

Via della Cava 28, Orvieto, Italy
0763 342 373
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Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Columbia, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Cute little place on the road - pretty cold inside the cave, so it is a nice thing to do to escape the heat. It was a nice little museum and it was fascinating to see the caves, the cistern, and how the Etruscans used what the city gave them, way back when. I would recommend this as a nice... More

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Northamptonshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Apparently these caves have been opened and set up by the family which owns them, and without government or other support. If that is so then it is a considerable achievement. The whole experience we found to be fascinating. Admission is cheap. There are notices everywhere in various languages including good quality English. The caves are well lit, and the... More

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We visited this caves, it was very nice.They give you an example of how Etruskians worked and did their thing. The museum is nicely equiped and it gives good information, happily also in English (a lot of musea in Italy present the info alone in Italian language!). Very nica was also that foundings were presented beside a reconstructed example.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I had wanted to take the entire underground tour but did not arrive in time for the morning visit and needed to catch a 5pm train.. So instead I went and found the Pozza Della Cava which is the deep well that supplied water for the city. To get here, walk to where piazza that looks like a castle, go... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you like history or geology or archeology, this is a fascinating place. Excellent views of the caves, etruscan tombs, artifacts with explanations. Don't miss the glass floor that lets you see down through the underground space.

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Adelaide, Australia
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75 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is an informative and well planned out privately owned site. There is an Etruscan well, Mediaeval cellar and kiln and Renaissance kiln to name but a few things to see. You move through at your leisure, there is no guide needed and it wasn't crowded, there were only three other people when we were there. There are guided tours... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

There are two major "well" attractions in Orvieto. The larger, better known Pozzo San Patrizio, and the Pozzo della Cava. Three Euros gets you a ticket that takes you back 2500 years to a time to when Orvieto was a fortified Etruscan hill town that needed to dig deep into the tufa and pozzolana rock to reach groundwater. This fascinating... More

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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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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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207 attraction reviews
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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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