the tunnel at the
bottom of the well
the tunnel at the
bottom of the well
a view from the 2nd
Etruscan passage
the passage
in the big cave

between the 8th and the 9th cave
depth: first floor
discovery: 1996 - 2002
restorations: 1996 - 2003
first opening: 2003

the Etruschan passages
the tufa aqueduct

The passages at the first floor of the last cave, which used to lead the spaces under the Palazzo Filippeschi, are of the same structure and orientation as those found at the bottom of the Pozzo della Cava.

The small channel cut into the floor served to carry water to various collection points.

The singularity of the structure lies in the fact that this channel along the tufa wall, instead of towards the centre of a cistern, as is usual in similar Etruscan structures.

During the Second World War this passage was used as an air-raid shelter.

ancient drafts
of Etruscan passages
under Orvieto
the well
  the structure
  the access from the street

the kilns
  the medieval workshop
  la Renaissance muffle
  the potsherds

Etruscan finds
  the reused tomb
  the rock tombs
  the cistern for water
  the underground passages

medieval finds
  the "butti"
  the wine cellar
  the pillar of a tower

the big cave
  the quarry and
  "the well number 2"

...not only caves
  the terrace and the shops