Address: Piazza della Repubblica – Orvieto (TR)
Guided tours of Sant Andrea Underground
Visite guidate su prenotazione
Telephone: (+39) 328.1911316
Monday to Saturday 9:00 – 17:00
Sunday 14:00 – 17:00
Tickets: € 5.00
The Collegiate Church of Saints Andrea and Bartolomeo locally called simply the Church of Sant’Andrea, is located in Piazza della Repubblica next to the Town Hall. It constitutes the oldest Christian place of worship in the city, as it was built in the 6th century on the ruins of a pre-existing Etruscan temple in the Forum area. After the early Christian phase, the current appearance of the Collegiate began to be defined between the 11th and 12th centuries, before being restored in 1926 together with the dodecagonal tower.
The interior of the church has a basilica plan, with three imposing aisles separated by monolithic columns crowned with classical-style capitals perhaps dating back to the 2nd century. The presbytery, slightly raised and with a quadrangular apse, concludes the layout.
Its long history can be seen up close by visiting its underground which still retain historical evidence of 4 different evolutionary phases: the most remote can be placed in the Bronze Age, a second phase is attributable to the Etruscan period, the third can be placed at the Roman times, while the last testifies to the birth of a first Christian community in Orvieto.
(Photographic credits of the underground – Orvietoviva.com)