Key to Umbria: Amelia

Roman Cisterns (2nd century AD)

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The Romans built these ten huge underground caverns to collect rainwater.  A brick in the foundations is stamped with the names of the builders, Tiberius and Caius Atilus.  Wells in forum above were used to access the water. 

The ancient well head at the entrance to the cisterns was moved here in the 19th century when the square was restored.  Its front slab commemorates Valerius, Governor of Amelia.

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For more information and a plan of the cisterns, see the website of Amelia Sotterranea.

For opening hours, see the website of the Provincia di Terni.

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