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Orte Sotterranea, Orte

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  • Pleasant visit the dungeons of Orte, 2 hours passed quickly, with a great guide, very prepared and gentle
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  • Hard to find in Italy a place devoid of historical value. Orte for example isn't just a motorway, an anonymous transit route toward the hellish ring road, but a beautiful and very interesting, ongoing enhancement and recovery. The ancient city's rich resources and information that can provide you with highly-trained and skilled operator Thomas who will guide you in the path tunnels that wind beneath the tufa and hypogean streets and homes ortensi. If you want to spend a Sunday, away from the hubbub that fill us with consumerist brain cholesterol unexpected discoveries of the corners, open yourselves to circumlocutions beaten and less advertised of our marvellous peninsula. Viva Orte!
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  • The city of Orte has always been a crossroads of great strategic interest; because of its dominant position on the Tiber in ancient times, for geological conformation of the territory from it of course evened out today. The old town is characterized by a dense collection of homes and fortified works, even the oldest of the year one thousand, perched atop an imposing volcanic outcrop. Numerous transformations over the centuries of buildings and urban plant, yet remains overwhelming all the charm of the medieval village, where the narrow streets rather than the Horn screeched the wheels of carts on the pavement. Much is known and has been written to Orte, its architectural and art treasures, the Roman, in the locality Hortanum important river port. Yet for some years it was rediscovered and developed something that once was, for the very survival of the city, a matter perhaps even superior to everything else: the extraordinary urban works that characterize the subsurface. In the course of over two thousand years, the feverish work of generations of obscure workmen created in the belly of the tufa extensive bright cuticular from using more varied: from the water supply to sewage collection. And then cisterns, fountains, wells, cellars, stables, dovecotes, warehouses, washhouse. So, from the early 90 's, began to conceive a project for the public enjoyment of these underground complexes. However since 2006, thanks to the collaboration of the scientific Department of the Civic Museum and the municipal administration (especially the then head of culture Maurizio Bernardini), with the contribution of the brotherhoods and the participation of some districts, which has been able to make the first visit to "Orte". By 2011 the recovery activity has experienced an extraordinary peak, adding to long stretches of path and new goodies such as the "Cistern Fernando", the "well of Opus signinum", the "Pit in Gramsci" and so on in a concatenation of environments from more diverse functions. The cleaning up of areas did not involve archaeological excavations, but allowed important relief operations with the help of cutting-edge equipment. The experience of "Orte" starts from the ancient Roman cistern in Piazza della Libertà, very transformed in its architecture especially in the Renaissance. For a long time it has been the only source of water supply of the city, and even today are evident on the slabs of the signs of the chaffing of pitchers that for centuries have drawn. The path continues with a visit to the underground passages. The main one, dug in the late Middle Ages, intercepts the ubiquitous Burrows main aqueduct. Thanks to the excellent lighting system, you can then penetrate easily into the bowels of the city for almost 300 metres can be visited today. The main branch is a kind of underground decumanus, which runs along the cliff, designed around the 6th century BC by the Etruscans. In addition to collect rainwater is naturally filtered by Tuff, the aqueduct was supplying local fountains (having as end point precisely the Platea Communis in Piazza della Libertà) especially thanks to the contribution of the sources located outside the city walls, at Le Grazie. As mentioned the bright cuticular network goes back to different eras, and is a branch of the main aqueduct (from Etruscan) that crosses longitudinally the entire cliff of Orte for a total length of about 1600 meters. With the construction of the Hospital of the recommended, in the middle ages, the accidental opening of a space allowed him to catch one of these tunnels. This allowed to supply a tanker consequently created, and sinks for washing of the sheets of the sick. Autograph of graffiti date back to January 20 1891 constructor completion of "snow pit", a structure which, as its name implies, was created to accomplish a veritable meat locker. In fact, in case of precipitation on the territory or through procurement by Cimino, snow was collected and crammed in ensuring winter storage. Its use was multifunctional (conservation of medicines, foodstuffs etc.) and certainly very appropriate for the smooth running of the hospital. Into these Burrows is a truly unique experience, a real dive through 3,000 years of history. All this greatly amplified by the suggestion to proceed underground, imagining the incredible, exhausting job with pick-axe of the generations of men who, like tireless ants, have followed to accomplish them. It cannot therefore fail to congratulate them, municipal administration overhead, they allowed the fruition. Proving that when you want to strongly something is obtained. Most importantly, then, with time running, if it can represent a non-marginal income source through which finance other historic heritage recovery works. Is this the policy of which you really need-in a country that holds the record for the Unesco World Heritage site-the policy of renovation and enhancement. Aimed not only at self-financing but, consequently, job creation: it is not difficult to predict hard times for municipalities who insist on not understanding it.
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