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Pozzo Etrusco

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

This is another favorite visit whenever I am in Perugia. The engineering feat of the Etruscans... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
Jacksonville, AL
Wet & Interesting

Luckily we got to see the well without a large group of people, which is much better because it's... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2016
Barcelona, Spain
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average27%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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Piazza Danti 18, 06122, Perugia, Italy
+39 075 573 3669
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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

Thank Cocciolino2015
Reviewed 15 March 2016

I myself as an engineering student and architecture lover found this well amazing. It's real depth is still unknown to this day, but the whole engineering behind it is simply mesmerizing. My friends who were with me didn't really like as much, after all, it's...More

Thank Ettore A
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...More

Thank Plymouthtraveller8
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
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...More

Thank Wendy G
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...More

Thank Gary T
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!...More

Thank Darad
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
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