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Il Crocifisso del Tufo
Ranked #23 of 69 things to do in Orvieto
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Owner description: Etruscan cemetery where the tombs of the dead line alongside a street.
Igualada, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2012

The necropolis is in a wonderful place, as you can see the cliff in the background and Orvieto in the top of it. Once you get into the site, it's a pity they have not reconstructed at least one or two tombs. You can go inside all of them, but stone and more stone is all you will find there.
The small introductory museum is helpful if you want to have an idea of how it all worked.

Visited February 2012
6 Thank RomanetJC
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
“Interesting but perhaps not the worth the effort”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

Il Crocifisso del Tufo is a small chapel hewen in the tufa rock on the Orvieta Anella della Rupe walk. The Chiesa is easily reached from Porta Vivaria and is just past the Necropoli etrusea del Crocifisso del tufo. It is always locked and you can only peek through the tiny windows on either side of the door. The inside is quite plain and contains the altar with the hand carved crucifix made by someone who tried to commit suicide after being wrongly accused of theft and homicide but who called on the name of Christ while tumbling down and remained uninjuired. He then carvedthe crucifix with his bare hands. There are only two pews in the church. People have tied small posies to the bars of the windows.

Visited October 2011
5 Thank Rasputin21
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Wappingers Falls, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed April 21, 2009

This necropolis is set at the very bottom of the hill. We walked down (not having rented a car). The walk down (not along the road) was very pretty, mostly trails but it is a very steep hill, and my suggestion is to take the bus back up unless you rented a car. The bus stop is very close to the entrance to the necropolis. The necropolis itself is a relatively large area and you can still see writing on some of the tombs. We both enjoyed it. You can view my pictures at www.jillsjournies.shutterfly.com

6 Thank Andylucia
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