The big Etruscan cave
twenty-seven centuries of history and transformations cancelled out to build a wall
The quarry and “Well 2”
The most important find is perhaps the bottom of the well, in the central part of the cave. The ruins, which date between the 18th and 19th centuries, may be those of a cistern, a grain silo, a votive well or part of an unfinished work. It is difficult to tell.
So, it seems that what “Well number 2” was used for will remain a mystery.
- Several archaeologists have suggested a variety of alternative hypotheses regarding the original use of these two caves, such as animal husbandry, a substantial incomplete cistern, a fulling mill, a habitation, a tannery and even a thermal bath.
- From December 23rd to the Sunday after Epiphany, this large cavern plays host to the final scene of the annual Nativity in the Well, a life size exhibition with animated characters, which are themed differently each year.