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Orvieto Caves

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Address: Piazza Duomo 24 (tourist info office), Orvieto, Italy
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+39 0763 344891


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Long way down!

This is an interesting place. It was constructed in order to supply Orvieto with water. It consists of two spiral stairways, one used to descend and the other to ascend again... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beverley B
Deal, United Kingdom
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Deal, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting place. It was constructed in order to supply Orvieto with water. It consists of two spiral stairways, one used to descend and the other to ascend again. Originally the stairways were used by donkeys so the steps are wider than usual. Don't try it unless you are reasonably fit!

Thank Beverley B
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Many of the Italian hill towns have caves under them, but Orvieto is one of the few to capitalize on how fascinating they are to tourists. We loved the cave tour and seeing in person the thousand-year history of the town's underground.

Thank sgoffman
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I just love the caves, so interesting, great guide that spoke English for us. Alot of great unbelievable history in these caves.

Thank katy c
Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

A very small fee to enter but it's worth it. The excavation that has been done is something to marvel at. There are plenty of pictures and signs in many languages to help you understand what you are looking at and how the area was used.

Thank Rick K
Ogden, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We took a day trip from Rome to Orvieto and it was absolutely awesome. Very quick and inexpensive train trip, directly to the funicular which took us to the town on the top of the hill. Easy walking city with plenty to do for an entire day. We did a walking tour, which was very well planned and took you... More 

Thank shanelyon
Reykjavik, Iceland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The caves give an interesting view of life of the ancient Orvietans going back some 3000 years. Perhaps even before the Etruscans. Here they kept the harvest, pressed the olives and kept fresh food (pigeons). Cool in summer and winter alike. These storage caves were dug out of the soft upper rock from under every house. Accessible when needed. And... More 

Thank Kolka2014
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 692 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

There are housings and caves of the Etruscians; I don't visited this facinating caves, but I saw them from outside; You think, what is that everywhere niches in the chalky stones;

Thank Manuela L
Koloa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We really enjoyed learning about the history of the caves and enjoyed getting out of the hot August sun for a little while. It was interesting to see how creatively the ancient residents built and used the caves. Entire businesses were run within the caves. Our tour only covered a small portion of the large network beneath the town, but... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Just fascinating. A well directed tour, certainly a "must see" if you are visiting Orvieto. And if you happen to be in Orvieto when it's hot out, you will definitely welcome the cool, underground temperatures. An amazing history and architecture lesson. Don't miss this. Tickets for the guided tour can be purchased near the Duomo.

Thank wanderlustger
Teaneck, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The cave underneath the city of Orvieto tell a fascinating story going back to the time of the Etruscans. Certainly worth a visit.

Thank savta2007

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