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Matthias W
Vienna, Austria433 contributions
I visited Orvieto mainly to see the Duomo but looking for additional interesting things to do, Orvieto Underground caught my eye too. Tickets can be purchased in a shop just opposite of the cathedral, tours run both in Italian and English. The underground areas were pretty interesting, similarly the stories regarding the man made caves (some were used to house pigeons as "easy to grow" source of food in case of sieges. The tour lasts about 1 hour.
Written January 27, 2021
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Chris H
Yorba Linda, CA1,610 contributions
Couples
This is a must-do activity in Orvieto! Reservations highly recommended in advance. We arrived for our 12:30 English tour and heard them offer the next tour at 3 or 4:30. On a hot June day, the cool caves were the perfect place to be! The history was interesting and kudos to our guide who was able to get past the two loud, crying babies to deliver a very professional, informative tour! Be prepared for some stair climbing up and down, narrow passageways and sandy floors. An interesting historical tour and well worth the one hour time in Orvieto!
Written June 25, 2022
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courtney9384
Washington DC, DC247 contributions
This was my second time to Orvieto but first to see the Orvieto Underground. The caves are extraordinary, and essentially honeycomb beneath the entire town. The Orvieto Underground tour is a thorough description of the caves and the engineering work necessary to create this intricate design, which I believe started around 500 BC, which is fascinating. Very reasonably priced. There are a few stairwells underground that are narrow and steep, so be aware, in case that is an issue. Also, the views into the countryside for the first five minutes (and last five) as you enter and exit the caves are stunning! Stay towards the rear of the group, so you can stop and take photos as you wish.
Written March 9, 2022
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Mario D
Kiama, Australia33 contributions
Our one hour tour was very informative. Well worth the visit. Our time in Orvieto was well worth the effort of getting there.The funicular railway access to the medieval town was a delight. Psst, try the coffee at the railway cafe, sensational. It was the best of any we had while in Italy for 21 days. You will need at least 3-4 hours to absorb the town, its ambience and attractions.
Written January 24, 2020
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
Couples
This is a fascinating tour underneath the city of Orvieto. The Etruscan civilisation kick started this wonderful labyrinth of caves, then it was continued during the Mediaeval and Renaissance period. They ran out of room above ground, hence creating more space underneath. This space was used for various types of industry.

The tour lasted around one hour. Tickets can be purchased from Piazza Duomo 23 and the tour leaves just outside their door. Cost was 6euros and 5euros for reduced rate. There is a tour in English, which we did. The guide we had was very passionate about the history of Orvieto and answered many questions thrown his way.

Their brochure times are tours everyday at 11am, 12.15, 16.00 and 17.15, however, their website states, "during periods of greater tourist attendance, every 15 minutes."
Other than English and Italian, according to their website, they conduct tours in, French, German, Spanish and Russian.
For more information check their website www.orvietounderground.it

If you are in Orvieto this is well worth your time.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Written May 25, 2014
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Ira R
Coral Springs, Florida, Usa11 contributions
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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 living for thousands of years. When Italy was made of up hundreds of city states who often were at war with each other, the safest and most defensible place to live was on the top of a mountain. The enemy had to advance up the mountainside to advance and was always in plain view. Unfortunately, the people living on the mountain were unable to come down when their enemies surrounded them. They had to dig under the city to mine the soft volcanic rock to make the bricks to build their city, and and to dig wells to get water. In the underground caves that resulted from mining, they thrashed wheat in stone mills, raised pigeons for food, and created private storage areas and escape routes for its inhabitants. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, spoke multiple languages including English, and made the visit definitely worthwhile. PS: The guide told us that there are still two restaurants in Orvieto that serve pigeon and guess what, it tasted pretty good.
Written December 18, 2014
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joaoribeiromarques
Porto, Portugal34 contributions
Couples
Located in Orvieto's village these etruscan caves were used as an underground working place, they were fresh all year round and that was crucial for the olive oil and wine they produced. You will see a lot of walls with small cavities where pidgeons used to nest, they were groomed by the etruscans and used as pidgeon posts or as food.

During World War caves were also used as refuge as below the vale where orvieto is situated the train tracks were commonly used by the military which made them a military target.

Practical info:
- You can buy the tickets at the tourism office at the center of the city, near the Dome
- It will cost you around 6 to 7€ per person
- It takes around 1h
- Bring a jacket, might be chilly
- As a lot of mosquitoes so use some kind of repelant

Although the caves are enormous and run through almost the whole city you will only see a small fraction of it, many of them are inclusively private nowadays and used as wine cellars.
Written January 4, 2013
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Peter S
Phillipsburg, NJ164 contributions
Couples
On a very warm early summer morning we had registered for the Underground Orvieto tour and enjoyed a terrific experience, learning about the intricacies of the Etruscan civilization that preceded the Romans by hundreds of years. Be sure to sign up for a specific time as you may not be able to visit without a prior reservation.
Written July 12, 2018
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Discodeath
Cary, NC12 contributions
Couples
Unbelievable! An entire town on top of an isolated mountain, accessible only by a man-made foot bridge. This was a German stronghold in WW2 and has a commanding view of the valley below. The Etruscan influence is quite visible in this town, built for its ability to easily defend, yet self-sustaining with aquifers and agriculture. Lots of small street cafes, beautiful structures, and the caves are underneath. If my memory serves me right, there are two saints buried there in shrines (for sure at least one), and the caves are well lit and passable. An excellent excursion!
Written December 1, 2015
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RogerLB
Beirut, Lebanon12 contributions
Couples
just took the train from Roma for less than 1 hour and reached Orvieto station where directly in front you may find the funicular to reach the top of the old town. you just visit St Patrick well on right of funicular exit. then take the bus with the same ticket up to the Cathedral... you may book your ticket for the underground caves, very interesting to see.
Written April 14, 2015
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