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Pozzo etrusco. Perugia (PG)

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The Pozzo Etrusco is an ancient Etruscan well assimilated into the basement of the 17th century Palazzo Bourbon-Sorbello, standing at the extreme eastern end of Piazza Danti, at the foot of the most elevated part of the historical center of Perugia, called Monte di Porta Sole, which corresponds to the ancient acropolis of the town. It represents the most monumental of the water infrastructural constructions in town. It was built in Etruscan times and had a dual function, as a well and a cistern. Its position coincided with what was once the east-west route axis that connected the arch of Arco dei Gigli with the gate of Porta San Luca. Visiting the well is complementary to the visit to the City Gates and Walls Museum, which offers further evidence of the level of urban development attained by Perugia during the Etruscan period. Constructed with the same blocks of Travertine as the wall belt, it was excavated into the so called “tassello mandorlato”—a coarse-grained sedimentary rock composed of rounded fragments—that is typical of the town [...]