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Address: Piazza Danti, 18, 06122, Perugia, Italy
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+39 075 573 3669
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Mon 10:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

An exceptional work of hydraulic engineering, it dates back to the second...

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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Nice piece of engineering and a cool pause during hot Italian summer days. The well is the only thing you can visit. Visit costs 3 euros.

Reviewed 15 August 2015
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

This well which was dug by the Etruscans in the 3rd century is an engineering marvel for that period and often overlooked by tourists visiting the City of Perugia. Accessed off Piazza Danti, the well is nearly 36 metres deep, lined with travertine (a type of lime stone) and can hold 400 cubic metres of water. The well entrance is... More 

Thank Plymouthtraveller8
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

nice experience never been down a well and to think it was built all those years ago a must visit when in Perugia

Thank Carant2015
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Sadly the afternoon we spent in Perugia was a wet, raining one so what did we do - a small walk and a wonderful hot coffee and a visit to the Chocolate Shop to buy Baci for family back home. This well is just beautiful and we will return to Perugia next year on our Italian travels.

Thank Wendy G
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Very disappointing site in the center of town. Easy to find but better if you don't. The outside of the well can be seen from the street and the inside "tour" of the underground will cost you 3 euros and contains about 3 views of the big hole in the ground and a bridge across it that you can't walk... More 

Thank Gary T
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

Okay its a well, but it is much more than that. For a start it is over 2000 years old and the engineering is fantastic. It is also a great way to get cool from the summer sun. Watch the stairs they can be slippy! After visiting have a look at the well head in the street.

Thank Darad
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Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Nice piece of engineering and a cool pause during hot Italian summer days. The well is the only thing you can visit. Visit costs 3 euros.

Thank thomasvk1991
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

We were interested to visit the well, which dates back to between 200 and 300 BC. We found it amazingly well preserved and the age of the structure was quite hard to comprehend. Be aware that the stairs into the well are wet and can feel slippery. Also, if (like me) you visit wearing a long skirt/dress, you may need... More 

Thank Gail K
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

I've been to Pozzo Etrusco twice now, and I was impressed both times. A visit to the well only takes a short time, but it's impressive depth, looming walls, and memorable history are worth the visit. Plus, a visit to the well provides a welcome escape from Perugia's summer heat.

Thank Mariah W
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Reviewed 18 May 2015

The Etruscon Well (Pozzo Etrusco) is just off the Piazza IV Novembre on the Piazza Dante.Entrance is €2.50 which also allows you to visit the Chappel of San Servo to see the Raphael/Perugino fresco and the Cassero di Ponta San Angelo. The well used to supply the whole of the city with water in Etruscon times. You have to climb... More 

Thank zoli18
Tortona, Italy
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

Ancient indeed millennial Etruscan well in the center of Perugia, you can make a stop to admire it even shortly this being placed in Piazza Dante, or for those who are willing to snatch every little secret is also possible to visit the inside of a fee, I did not do it , I contented myself with admiring externally. All... More 

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