The Etruscan Well

Historic Site in Perugia

The Etruscan Well
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The entrance to the Pozzo Etrusco (Etruscan Well) in Perugia is easily missed, even when you’re actively searching for it. While the upper portion of the well is visible just around the corner in Piazza Piccinino, the subterranean museum portion is tucked away at the end of a narrow medieval passageway and partially hidden by restaurant signs at number 18 Piazza Danti. However, don’t be deterred—visiting this unique Perugia attraction is well worth the effort. Like the Etruscan Arch and the National Archaeological Museum, the well stands as a testament to the sophistication of the Etruscan civilization that transformed Perugia into a thriving city while Rome was still a frontier town.

Visiting the Well: The visit to the well is brief but impactful. For a combined ticket price, you can also access the Palazzo Sorbello House Museum, just a few steps around the corner and directly across from the recently restored aboveground portion of the well. The museum experience begins with an educational video, providing context before you enter the somewhat damp and atmospheric inner chamber of the well. A modern walkway allows visitors to traverse the well and gaze down at the water source 121 feet (37 meters) below. Constructed in the third century B.C., the well is an impressive feat of ancient hydraulic engineering.


  • Hidden Entrance: Located at number 18 Piazza Danti, the entrance is easy to miss but worth finding.
  • Educational Experience: Begin with an informative video before exploring the well’s inner chamber.
  • Modern Walkway: Provides a safe and intriguing path through the well, offering a view of the water source far below.
  • Ancient Engineering: Marvel at the Etruscan hydraulic engineering prowess that created this structure in the third century B.C.

Combined Visit:

  • Palazzo Sorbello House Museum: Just steps away, offering additional historical insights and artifacts.

Visiting the Etruscan Well is a brief but enriching experience, showcasing the ingenuity of the Etruscan civilization and adding another layer to your understanding of Perugia’s rich historical tapestry.

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Visiting The Etruscan Well


Monday to Sunday 10.00 am – 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm

The museum is closed on Monday afternoons from May 2 to July 10


€3, € 6.00 Combined ticket (Etruscan Well & House Museum of Palazzo Sorbello)

Address: Etruscan Well, Piazza Ignazio Danti, Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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