the big arch
along the street
the well
from the arch
the well-curb
the well-curb
the stone plaque
the stone plaque
other pictures are available
in the pages about
Pozzo della Cava's structure
and Pozzo della Cava's history

place: entrance of the itinerary
depth: ground floor
discovery: from time immemorial
the arch and the well-curb: 2004-'05
first opening:
entrance with closed arch: 1986
Renaissance arch: 2004
well-curb and new entrance: 2005

the Pozzo [well] della Cava
:: the access from Via della Cava ::

When Pope Clement VII, fleeing from the Sack of Rome, took refuge at Orvieto, before commissioning St. Patrick's Well, ordered the excavation of the Pozzo della Cava, in Via della Cava [the street called "Cava", or quarry].

A big arch was made in the wall in which was the Etruscan little well, so that the spring water could be drawn from the road.

In 1646 the town authorities ordered the closure of the arch and the well, as is demonstrated by an ancient stone tablet, originally situated at the well head in Via della Cava.

During the first months of 2004, the big arch of Pozzo della Cava was be re-opened, to recreate the entrance like the original Renaissance one.

Now Pozzo della Cava has a new beautiful well-curb, and we descovered that the stone plaque was made using an ancient sculpted stone taken from the underground chambers of the nearby St. Andrew's Church or from the ancinet Holy Virgin Mary Carhedral.

:: the structure of the well ::

:: Pozzo della Cava's history ::
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