The Orvieto Underground
city has a history that dates back to the Etruscan
period. These 440 caves that at present can be visited on a tour served
the Etruscans as wells. In the medieval times when the town was laid
siege to the caves were the inhabitants´shelter. During the sieges they
hunted pigeons to eat, and palomba o piccione is still a local delicacy.
The caves became refuges during the WWII, but fortunately were not
Pozzo di San Patrizio is a well over 60m deep. It has two
sets of stairs for mules used to carry water and a an inscription in
Latin reading: “What nature denied for defence, in this case water, was
added by work of man”. Today visitors can purchase a combined ticket for
Museo di Emilio Greco and the Pozzo di San Patrizio
Tufo Etruscan Necropolis, is located outside Perugia. There are only two
Etruscan necropolises which are open to the public in Umbria, this is
one of them. Each body’s chamber bears an engraved name. The tombs´
layout reflects the excellent ancient organization of the urban plan.
The artefacts found in this necropolis are displayed in the Museo
Claudio Faina e Civico, the Louvre, British Museum and other prestigious
In the Teatro Mancinelli every year in December and January
the Umbria Jazz Festival is held; however throughout the year ballet
performances and concerts can also be enjoyed in this frescoed building
dating back to the 19th century.
Orvieto has many shops where
tourists can purchase local wines, sausages, olive oil, cheese and
mushrooms as well as ceramics and lace. Via Garibaldi is a
pedestrianized street lined with clothes and ceramics shops.