Orte Sotterranea

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Orte Sotterranea
4.5
Historic Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
Subterrean OrteOrte is a village that praises a life continuity from the end of Bronze Age (12th century b.C.) to our days. Into the rock where it lies in about 2500 years of uninterrupted life, there were built a water system (tunnels, cisterns and wells) for supplying and sewage waters evacuation, storehouses, cellars, stables, dovecotes, some house buildings, craft laboratories (wool and hemp manufacturing), wash-houses, fountains, plants nursery and amusing places of private gardens. In a single itinerary the main touristic attraction are collected and a guide service can lead the visitor to the discovery of these proper urban underground monuments.
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Jamie
Anchorage, AK15 contributions
Must see caverns and tunnels!!
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Amazing little tour! Totally worth the money! We don’t speak Italian and if we had called in advance we might have been able to arrange in English, but the Italian guide was so amazing, enthusiastic, knowledgable and patient that it was still a must do activity if in the area! 🥰
Written February 17, 2020
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Coastal573617
1 contribution
Delightful tour
Oct. 2018 • Friends
Ricardo gave us an enthusiastic and delightful tour of the underground cisterns, fountain, dovecotes and passageways. Although we don’t speak Italian, we managed to understand what he explained, and had a very enjoyable tour. Highly recommended!
Written October 26, 2018
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Colm K
Caprino Veronese, Italy104 contributions
Fascinating tour
Aug. 2018 • Family
A lady called Barbara (voluneer and unpaid) gave us a huge amount of background info on how the Ecrusians first settled in Orte and built the water gathering system which was then vastly enlarged by he Romans who conquered the town. Thank you Barbara!
Written August 25, 2018
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Meredith B
Adelaide, Australia3 contributions
Subterranean Orte
Jul. 2018 • Family
Riccardo our guide was enthusiastic and friendly and although we spoke no Italian we managed to understand his descriptions of the unique and amazing features of Orte's subterranean world. A city beneath the surface complete with cantinas and a hospital with its own fridge, powered by snow collected in winter from around 800AD. An incredible tour thanks to our guide. I would recommend this to any visitor.
Written July 5, 2018
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stellamarina00
Veneto9 contributions
You have to take this tour!
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Our guide was Riccardo, and the tour was in Italian.
We totally recommend this tour, beside the amazing experience of going underground and walking through the ancient aqueduct, it was a simple, yet professional and informed, introduction to the history of Orte and the region. Riccardo is super nice and a very skilled guide.
We had a great time and strongly recommend this to anyone visiting the region.
Written June 30, 2018
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swester904
Gelsenkirchen, Germany2 contributions
Orte Underground
Aug. 2017 • Family
The guided tour is available in Italian, English and German. During the tour you will see the mostly underground water supply network (tunnels, cisterns, wells) and evacuation of sewage, warehouses, depots, cellars, Stalls, cobblestones, some rooms, homemade workshops, washbasins, fountains, and private garden delights.
You will get interesting information´s from the guide you never read on paper or such.
Written August 28, 2017
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Jaymacscotland
Moray Scotland83 contributions
Great place to go on a hot day.
Aug. 2017 • Family
We are spending the week in the Lazio area.Saw some reviews for the Orte Sotteranea online and decided to visit.It is very hot this week and the afternoon temperatures were above 40c so thought that going underground would be a good idea.
We drove to Orte from Sutri and went up the hill to the town,The entry to the Sotteranea is in the old town centre.The streets in the old town are very narrow and although you can drive, parking at the bottom of the hill and walking up is easier.We didn't and had to navigate some very tight corners before finding a car park
Doing his meant we missed our booked English tour at 3.15, and had to wait until 5pm when the tour was in Italian.
Carmen our tour guide though was excellent and spoke in English to us.Fascinating to walk along the very narrow passages underground.And it was cool down there.
We were a party of 8, 5 adults, and 3 children.The children all under age 8 enjoyed the visit so would recommend as a trip for young families.
Afterwards,Orte us good for a stroll around.
Written August 3, 2017
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Raney L
Rome, Italy7 contributions
Unexpected Pleasure
Jun. 2017 • Couples
My husband and I must have passed Orte dozens of times while on the way to somewhere else. The town, perched high up on its tufa hill always looked interesting to me, so I did a little research and found out about Orte Sotterranea. It seemed perfect for a little day trip from Roma and it was, indeed. Our guide, Rosaria, was extremely knowledgeable, interested in the subject matter and kind. We elected the full tour and we are certainly glad that we did because while it was all fascinating, they do save the best for last. The Etruscan, and then Roman, underground dovecotes, or colombaie, for example. Marvelous! The "Snow Well" was also wonderful & deliciously cool on a hot summer day. In fact, the air was refreshingly cool throughout the tour. We highly recommend Orte Sotteranea. It was nice to visit someplace off the heavily beaten tourist track and learn of its rich history. Allora, take the time for the long tour and book in advance. You can do that through the Orte Sotteranea's website link on their Trip Advisor page. If you require and English speaking guide, book well in advance. N.B. If you are at all claustrophobic or nervous in tight spaces, sadly, this is not the tour for you as the first part of the tour is spent winding your way through part of Orte's extensive underground tunnel system. My husband and I are tall and we never felt cramped or were made to squeeze through overly tight spaces, but there are some tunnels which are more compact, shall we say, than others. Worth wearing good walking shoes, as well. Grazie Rosaria and Grazie Orte! We will spread the word! Oh, almost forgot! After your tour, stop by the charming Enoteca dell'Ortezzina, in the main piazza & a stone's throw from the tour entrance, for a glass of well chilled prosecco and watch the town wake up after its midday nap.
Written July 1, 2017
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Alberto D
15 contributions
Descovering the underground of a medioeval village
Sep. 2016 • Friends
Orte Is a medioeval Village along the Tevere River. Although medioeval, the village was particularly rich during 17th and 18th century when it hosted the Bishop. Built on a cliff, water used to be brought through an aqueduct, still visible, and a number of channels digged underground. Today channels, that are not anymore utilized, have been recovered and made available for visitors. The channels bring under the main buildings of the village and lead to peculiar rooms like the pigeon box. A cave utilized to grow most probably travelling pigeons.
Written June 30, 2017
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msvoboda1179
Amsterdam, The Netherlands64 contributions
Etruscan History in Orte up close
Aug. 2016 • Family
As part of our visit to Orte we took the extended underground tour of the water ways of Orte in the Etruscan period. Amazing how elaborate the Etruscans built the first water ways and equally amazing to see how the Romans in turn perfected these first water ways. Definitely recommended if you have an adventurous archeological side in you that likes to get the inside view on why Orte's history originates centuries BC. To be up close and personal with these historic creations makes one realize how temporary we are in our time here.

Tip: if you want to finish the tour in style, have drinks, lunch or dinner in Antico Trattoria Saviglia. See my review about Saviglia elsewhere in my profile.
Written August 14, 2016
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Orte Sotterranea is open:
  • Thu - Sun 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.