Pozzo Etrusco

Pozzo Etrusco, Perugia

Pozzo Etrusco
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
Tuesday
11:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 13:30
14:30 - 17:00
About
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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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,371 contributions
2,000+ Year-Old Well
Feb 2020 • Solo
Just off the main square (Piazza IV Novembre) is this hidden historic gem. The well dates back to the 3rd century B.C. and is over 120 feet deep. The entrance to the museum is down a small alley, past a restaurant. )Entry fee is a very reasonable 3 euros). Once inside, I watched a short (10 minute) film about the well which was very interesting (in Italian with English subtitles). Then I passed through a turnstile and descended a set of narrow stone steps to get to the glass bridge that spans one of the widest parts of the well. For safety, only 10 visitors are allowed at a time. This, coupled with my exploration of Perugia’s Rocca Paolina (underground city), was a highlight of my visit. Absolutely fascinating!
Written 26 February 2020
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Fergalini
Spoleto, Italy116 contributions
Fascinating and ancient
Nov 2019 • Couples
This well is amazing and well worth visiting. The skill and engineering know how to build is incredible. It would be hard to build now let alone 2300 years ago
Written 23 November 2019
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valkirie33
Lemmer, The Netherlands22 contributions
Really nice
Nov 2019
The entrance is 3€, totally worth it. Has a small video in entrance with English subtitles, very pretty well.
Written 10 November 2019
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rhughes45
Liff, UK31 contributions
On a visit to Perugia
Oct 2019 • Couples
Did a quick visit here when in the city to visit the chocolate festival. It doesn’t take long, there is a short film too. Well worth a pop in to have a look.
Written 20 October 2019
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seattlesez
Seattle, WA395 contributions
High point for civil engineers
Oct 2019
You have to hand it to the Etruscans... the well allowed them solace during sieges.

They had no choice but to team up with the Romans.... imagine how different things would be if they had been the conquerors.

The wives were only mildly impressed. Mercifully quick if there's no line.
Written 12 October 2019
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redscarfox
Redcar, UK761 contributions
Wonderful
Oct 2019 • Couples
Yes its only a well but what history behind it. Built by the Etruscans in the 3rd century BC. Its a marvel of engineering and still producing water today. A very informative video before you go down into the well.
Written 4 October 2019
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CosmicFun
Rome, Italy6 contributions
Etruscan well from 3rd cen. BC
Sep 2019
This Etruscan well built in the 3rd century BC is completely intact and can be visited for an inexpensive fee. The well is very intact and was even used during WWII. The visit doesn't take long, but it is very much worth the visit. Amazing that what they built 2300 years ago is still standing.
Written 28 September 2019
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Ian Y
13 contributions
Ancient construction
Sep 2019 • Couples
A marvellous example of Etruscan engineering, architecture and ingenuity. Limited numbers in an enclosed setting makes for a personal view of an ancient and little known culture.
Written 15 September 2019
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Luiz C
Cascais, Portugal348 contributions
It's just a Well.
Jul 2019
It is very close to the center. As interesting points there is a bridge that crosses the well and the historical description
Visit if nearby

Written 5 September 2019
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family tree m
Mombasa, Kenya50 contributions
surely worth seeing
Aug 2019
amazing document of the advanced water managing techniques of the etruschi civilization that preceded the romans: you can guess that the romans that brought water managing to a new level, learned a lot from those predecessors. very nice gift shop.
a video that presents and explains the history of the well is on loop and it's advisable to watch before entering the site.
Written 2 September 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 13:30
  • Tue - Sun 14:30 - 17:00
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  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 13:30
  • Thu - Fri 11:00 - 13:30
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 13:30
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