Best things to do in Orvieto
ABOUT ORVIETO – Orvieto, an ancient city suspended halfway between heaven and earth, has long kept secret the labyrinth of caves and tunnels hidden in the silent darkness
of the cliff. Those who lived on the top of this high plateau, dug this hidden labyrinth left unaltered over the past 2500 years; it is an invaluable reservoir of historical and archeological information which has only recently been the object of organic scientific studies. A guided tour of “Orvieto Underground” is therefore the best way to become acqainted with this new, unusual aspect of the culture of a city that abounds in history and outstanding art treasures. Mysterious fascinating echoes tell the tale of the Etruscan Velzna, while ghosts of medieval d renaissance Orvieto seem to lingerin the humid shadows. The endless succession of tunnels, stairs, unespected passageways, superimposed rooms bear witness to the creation over the centuries of this “city underground”. It is an extraordinary journey in time, an exciting itinerary that takes you, with a minimum of effort, to the roots of the city and where the memories of its past are still “alive”.
The tour of “Orvieto Underground” leaves from the tourist information office on Piazza Duomo n°24 (opposite the cathedral) - from March 1st to January 31st : every day at 11,00 – 12,15 – 16,00 – 17,15 (during the holiday seasons every 15 minutes) - in February: only on Saturday and Sunday with the same timetable. - Closed on December 25th. In the above mentioned periods they take italian and english speaking tours. During the tourist seasons we have German speaking tours and we can also arrange tours in other languages (French, Spanish, Russian). Regarding private tours for groups, it is advisable to book in advance for any day of the year and at any hour of the day you need. Tickets: Full price £5,50 – Reduced-rate for groups (more than 20 people) £4,50 – Reduced rate for students and over 65 years old £3,50 http://www.orvietounderground.it
Remember also to visit the St. Patrick well (Pozzo di San Patrizio) that was built in the XVI century, and it dig for 62 metres into the basaltic rock and tufa under the city. The purpose was to create a water storage tank. Access to the water is guaranteed by two helicoidal stairs, one going down and one returning up, along the well’s side, where large windows are also present. INFO AT IAT Orvieto Tel. + 39 0763343768 – 0763341772