This is off the beaten track in Orvieto because you walk downhill from the end of town opposite the direction of the Duomo, and once you go down you realize you have to walk back up. This is a private attraction and was done without any state funding after an excavation uncovered this cistern which had been recovered to a depth of 35 meters. There are explanations each step of the well marked path in several languages including English of what has been recovered and how it was used. A kiln for making pottery, a fulling mill for processing textiles, an internment place for Etruscan necropoli and a place for bringing up water ( very handy during a siege when you are on top of a cliff). The tufa is a soft stone and you can see all the tool marks left over time and handholds for climbing up and down. The cistern had a lot of valuable archeological trash....pots that did not glaze properly or broken during the firing process ...these have been pieced together and are on display with a copy that has been fully restored. This site shows what Everyman was doing at the time. On completing the tour you enter a beautiful small courtyard and a small gift shop, they sell copies of the restored pottery and it is unique. The gentleman in charge beckoned me into a room and over to an acrylic panel that allowed a vertical view to the bottom of the water covered cistern, not a look for those with vertigo, and then jumped up and down on it. Thinking of the Chicago acrylic panel incident I was thoroughly scared but it was done in good fun and will be a memory I will treasure because he judged correctly that I was open to the experience. If you are down the hill at lunch, they serve lunch and it included many menu items that were delightfully different, you had the choice to eat inside or the beautiful courtyard al fresco.
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