Cisterne Romane

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Location: Amelia
Open: APR to SEP Sat 16:30-19:30, Sun 10:30-12:30, 16:30-19:30.
OCT to MAR Sat 15-18, Sun 10:30-12:30, 15-18.
Classification: ExplainWater Supply
Light: electric
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Address: Associazione "I Poligonali", C/O Cisterne Romane, Piazza Matteotti, 05022 Amelia (Tr), Tel: +39-0744-978436, Fax: +39-0,
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The Cisterne Romane are what the name says: Roman cisterns some 2,100 years old. They are located in the middle of the city Amelia. The huge underground rooms contained some 4,400 cubic meters of fresh water for the water supply of the Roman town. The ten vaults were connected to various wells in the city with pipes, so the people could collect the water. Some of the wells still exist, on Matteotti Square and in the courtyards of some surrounding noble buildings.

The wells are dry now, because the cistern is dry, but they were used until the mid 20th century. Some elderly people still remember the cisterns in use, how they carried their bucket full of water home. So the system was in use for more than 2,000 years!

The system is elaborately designed, intended to work with a minimum of energy and repairs. The water was flowing by gravity, the cisterns were sealed with waterproof cement, dirt was collected and removed. There was a dam which allowed to empty the structure for maintenance works, which happened actually very seldom.