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Pozzo Etrusco

Piazza Danti 18, 06122, Perugia, Italy
+39 075 573 3669
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Etruscan Ingenuity

Take time to watch the video at the entrance, the details will be lost if not familiar with the way... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
PermanentNomad
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New York, New York
Amazing Etruscans

From the outside look down into the well and marvel at the ingenuity of these ancient people. Then... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Peter L
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Malua Bay, Australia
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An exceptional work of hydraulic engineering, it dates back to the second half of the 3rd century B.C., testifying to the advanced degree of civilization reached by the Etruscans at the time. The size of the well, unusual compared to the water reservoirs normally built in Etruscan times, has led experts to believe that it was originally conceived as a cistern and later transformed into a well to reach a deep vein of water. The well is covered by a series of travertine slabs, supported by a system of massive stone beams (“trusses”), each weighing about 8000 kg and fitted in place without the use of mortar. The well can be entered by means of a medieval passageway, reaching a depth of 12 meters, and a modern walkway crosses the well. The well is still fed today by at least 3 veins of water.
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Piazza Danti 18, 06122, Perugia, Italy
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

Take time to watch the video at the entrance, the details will be lost if not familiar with the way it was built. The glass bridge over the well is really cool.

Thank PermanentNomad
Reviewed 8 April 2017

From the outside look down into the well and marvel at the ingenuity of these ancient people. Then walk around the corner into the museum and pay for entry so you can walk down the original marble steps (be careful, they are often wet and...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Breathtaking. Impressive construction of a well, done a long time ago without modern tools and materials. Tour is a must in Perugia.

Thank 27Ruben27
Reviewed 13 October 2016

It's an Etruscan well. We tend to learn all about the Romans but it was a pleasant and interesting change to learn about the etruscans who also knew a thing or two about building. This particular attraction will not take up much of your time...More

Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This was amazing. To see the well at street level gives some insight into the Etruscan people's history. But the journey underground to near the water level, and to look up to the daylight is a great experience.

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This ancient well is close to the heart of the old city and a site worth visiting. It encapsulates the essence of the region's Etruscan history.

Thank MARILIA P
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Very impressive how this survived for more than 2000 years. From an engineering point of view, this construction is amazing. Having said that, I found the ticket a bit expensive as you won't spend more than 15 minutes here. I believe you can also visit...More

Thank kuhander
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is another favorite visit whenever I am in Perugia. The engineering feat of the Etruscans never ceases to amaze--all the huge stones are dry stacked (no cement). A quick visit, difficult navigation of narrow stairs (but so worth it in my opinion). Mysterious, dark,...More

Thank J S
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Luckily we got to see the well without a large group of people, which is much better because it's very small and everything is wet so you have to be careful not to slip. I actually felt quite claustrophobic which isn't normal for me... It's...More

Thank RHC1224
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Contemporary with the city walls,IV-III century BC.!- this Etruscan Well furnished water for Perugia,and ,most important,could do so even in case of blockade when enemies laid siege. The upper section is lined with squared-off blocks of travertine and the opening is supported by two "capriate"...More

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