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Orvieto Underground
Vacation Travel Guide

Learn about ancient techniques involving pigeon keeping and tool construction in the labyrinth of mysterious caves beneath Orvieto’s old town.

The Etruscan Orvieto Underground is comprised of a network of caves and tunnels that date back around 2,500 years. The pathways interlink, creating a subterranean world that has helped archeologists find out about Orvieto’s former inhabitants. Meander through the labyrinth of open caves to learn about the Etruscan era of this historic region.

Embark on a guided tour to discover the myriad mysteries that lie beneath Orvieto’s surface. Encounter the remnants of an olive press and grindstones dating back to the Middle Ages. This section contains many intriguing artifacts, including a fireplace, a water channel and a cellar.

See the vast pozzolana quarry, where excavations were carried out in the late 19th century. The quarry also contains some evidence of Etruscan presence.

Discover the intriguing rectangular openings within one of the caves and hear how these holes were once used to breed pigeons. Other openings were used as kilns to create clay vases in the 18th century. If you visit the caves in summer, you’ll relish the underground labyrinth’s cool temperatures.

Purchase tour tickets for a reasonable price near the tourism office in the Piazza Duomo. Guided tours last around 1 hour and are available several times per day year-round. The walk is easy; however, it is recommended you wear comfortable shoes.

Walk south for 5 minutes from the Piazza Duomo to reach the Etruscan Orvieto Underground, which lies within a picturesque green hillside. Enjoy a picnic on the scenic hilltop before or after your tour of the city’s mesmerizing tunnels. Note the outline of the impressive Badia dei Santi Severio e Martirio (The Abbey of Saints Severus and Martyrius) amid a flurry of olive trees from your hilltop lookout.

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Top Hotels Close to Orvieto Underground

Hotel Duomo
Hotel Duomo
3 out of 5
Vicolo Di Maurizio 7, Orvieto, TR
The price is $132 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in the heart of Orvieto, this hotel is steps from Orvieto Underground and Duomo di Orvieto. Teatro Mancinelli and Moro Tower are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (487 reviews)

"Location is great. It is a few meters away from the Duomo, restaurants and shops."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Hotel Duomo
Palazzo Piccolomini
Palazzo Piccolomini
4 out of 5
Piazza Ranieri 36, Orvieto, TR
The price is $170 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in the heart of Orvieto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pozzo della Cava and Duomo di Orvieto. Porta Maggiore and Porta Romana are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (174 reviews)

"Wonderful ambience in the heart of a beautiful, historic town"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Palazzo Piccolomini
La Magnolia
La Magnolia
Via Del Duomo 29, Orvieto
The price is $67 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated in Orvieto, this bed & breakfast is steps from Orvieto Underground and Duomo di Orvieto. Moro Tower and Palazzo del Popolo are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (33 reviews)
lovely stay near the duomo

"Lovely stay. Perfect location. Easy communication via email with the owner. She arranged a taxi for our trip to a local winery. Steps from the duomo."…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019

La Magnolia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Duomo
Hotel Duomo
3 out of 5
Vicolo Di Maurizio 7, Orvieto, TR
The price is $132 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
Hotel Duomo
Palazzo Piccolomini
Palazzo Piccolomini
4 out of 5
Piazza Ranieri 36, Orvieto, TR
The price is $170 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
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La Magnolia
La Magnolia
Via Del Duomo 29, Orvieto
The price is $67 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
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Grand Hotel Italia
Grand Hotel Italia
4 out of 5
Via di Piazza del Popolo 13, Orvieto, TR
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Michelangeli B&B
Michelangeli B&B
Via Saracinelli 22, Orvieto, TR
The price is $75 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
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Casa Vera B&B Affittacamere
Casa Vera B&B Affittacamere
Vicolo Albani 8, 05018 Orvieto, Italy, Orvieto
The price is $71 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Casa Vera B&B Affittacamere
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DUOMO LUXURY APARTMENT
Orvieto, Umbria
The price is $302 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Virgilio
Piazza Duomo, 5, Orvieto, Umbria
Virgilio
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Home in Orvieto - Studio
Orvieto, Umbria
Home in Orvieto - Studio
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