The Pozzo della Cava and Its Caves
A magical underground itinerary through the Medieval quarter of Orvieto, past recently unearthed archaeological remains that have remained buried for centuries.
The Pozzo della Cava: is a vast, 36-metre-deep hole originally dug by the Etruscans as a well and enlarged between 1527 and1530 by order of Pope Clement VII to supply water to Orvieto in the event of siege. In 1646 the well was closed after five French officers were hurled down the pit in a brawl.
The Furnace: a series of rooms used in the Middle Ages as a ceramic workshop that contain the original utensils and a number of majolica debris.
The Butti: a series of holes used as refuse dumps during the Middle Ages that have become an archaeological mining ground.
The Tomb: an Etruscan grave converted during the Middle Ages into a ï¿½folloneï¿½, to work textiles.
The Cistern: an Etruscan dig intended to gather rainwater from the surrounding houses, with the original whitewash
The Cellar: dug as a cellar during the Middle Ages for storing local wine.
The Muffola: the remains of a small furnace used for the final glazing of Renaissance ceramic ï¿½ the only one of its kind in Umbria.
The Pilastro di Tufo: one of the supporting columns of the large Medieval tower that belonged to one of the sons of Simone Filippeschi
The Necropoli Rupestre: remains of some archaic Etruscan tombs unearthed in 2002
The Quarry: a vast Etruscan cave used as a tufa quarry in the 19th century
Well Number 2: a smaller, waterless well whose origins are still unknown
The Passageway: a typical channelling system dug by the Etruscans for Water
Shops and Other Services
La Bottega del Buon Vino Wine bar serving wines, spirits and local specialities, along with a line of products labelled ï¿½Pozzo della Cavaï¿½. A la carte menu at lunchtime.
Le Arti Minori Orvieto crafts manufactured especially for the Pozzo della Cava, that include replicas of Renaissance and Medieval ceramics unearthed during the archaeological digs in the Pozzo and its caves.
Angolo Bookshop A good assortment of guides on Orvieto and Umbria.
Cortile interno open to visitors with bar and services during the summer months
8am ï¿½ 8pm. Closed Mondays
Open at other times by appointment
Without guide (entrance only): guides are not a must for visitors who wish to tour the Pozzo and its caves alone. The area open to the public is fully in line with current museum security measures and points of interest are signalled by notes in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish.
Guided tours in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish:
Il Pozzo della Cava e le sue Grotte
Pozzo della Cava + Ceramics Show
Themtic Tours: By prior booking, visitors can book a tour that covers certain themes, such as
Orvieto and the search for water from the Etruscans to the Renaissance
The Etruscan civilization underground
The caves, wine and ceramic
Teaching labs, stages and mini-courses
Food and wine tastings and labs
The Pozzo della Cava prides itself on the organisation of its guided tours followed by a tasting session, which runs also during the summer months.
Extra services and entertainment
Prctical demonstrations of food and wine tasting, crafts and restoration. Sommelier service, restauranteuring and Medieval banqueting service, Medieval music, Medieval dancing, juggling, Medieval costume service, string and chamber music concerts, educational tour and incentive trip supplements.
Pozzo della Cava
Via della Cava, 28 - 05018 ORVIETO
tel. 0763/342373 fax 0763/341029