Orvieto was home of Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of Italy, a legendary place of the order's lost treasure
The mistery of spiral staircases wind around each other, never meeting and resembling the structure of a DNA helix (discovered centuries after)
Orvieto is identified with the Etruscan Velzna by scholars, also the chief sanctuary of the Etruscans.
The canals of Orvieto actually lay atop a bed of volcanic rock known as tuff. Over the centuries, a massive system of tunnels and caverns have been carved out of this material. The ancient Etruscan used them as reservoirs, but there are also many fascinating ruins down below and early Christian worship sites.
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