We visited the Church of St Andrew and Bartholomew and after enjoying the medieval atmosphere with frescoes remaining on the wall we noticed the small sign and gate tucked in the front corner of the church. The sign said "tour in progress" and we were curious about a tour to what. That question was answered in a few minutes when a coupled emerged from the stairway with a guide. To go below and see the original Etruscan building site, then the early Christian church built on top recycling the building materials from the former civilization was impressive. Our guide was an archeological graduate student who spoke wonderful English and explained all the Etruscan settlement....the roads, homes, sarcophagi then the mosaics of the early Christian church because a lot of the original floor survived. The patterns all have meaning incorporating the older beliefs into the newer Christian ones. The tour was well worth the time because we had no idea how extensive underground Orvieto was.
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