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Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick's Well)

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Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763-34-37-68
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: Designed in the 1530's, this uniquely engineered well was designed to...
Designed in the 1530's, this uniquely engineered well was designed to supply the city of Orvieto in times of war.
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One of Orvieto's highlights

We arrived at the ticket office 5 minuten before closing time and found staff that would rather not sell us tickets. The well itself was beautiful, with the 300 or so steps, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived at the ticket office 5 minuten before closing time and found staff that would rather not sell us tickets. The well itself was beautiful, with the 300 or so steps, the big "windows" offering great views into the well.

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Limbricht
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice historical site. Takes You down into the cool waterwell. Extremely nice in the summertemperature (38C). Was relatively easy to walk down and up again.

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The number one attraction in Orvieto in my believe. Close to the funiculare station so go there at the start (or finish) of your Orvieto site seing tour. But be aware, it's a long walk down and you also have to walk up again. Never the less a must see attraction.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

An amazing feat of engineering. A little pricey but worth the trip down. I was a little nervous about walking down, being slightly claustrophobic. I was going to stay behind but my husband started the dissent and came back and told me it really wasn't very narrow. It got darker as you went down but was pretty much well lit... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

There is a sign at the entrance warning that the well may not be suitable if you are claustrophobic. I feel you should also be warned if you have a fear of heights. There are 'window' all the way down and back up the well but only the ones at the very top are covered and I got a distinctly... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The well is a fun afternoon activity in Orvieto! 5 euros per person (3 if you are a student) and it doesn't take very long to climb down to see the water. Walking back up is quite a workout, but worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We decided at the last minute to tour thr well as we were walking by. The sun had almost set and there were only a few other people inside as we decended. Echos and approaching darkness made the experience more fun, and as we made our way to the bottom we agreed it would be a little TOO eerie if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We stumbled across this place by accident and it is one of the most memorable experiences we had in Italy. Luckily, it was just the two of us and we saw two other nuns who said hello. It was a hot day in Orvieto and this well was a cool respite. Since there are separate walkways up and down, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is a quick stop, depending on how quickly you descend and come back up again! It's simply a climb down some oddly spaced, Renaissance-era steps that spiral down to the bottom of the well (one that Pope Clement (?) ordered so they had a water supply in case of a siege on the city). You cross a little bridge... More 

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Asti, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Amazing to see if you are nearby, because it's a unique piece of architecture from stairs point of view. You go down about 50 meters with one, you return up with another one. But you can't see both... Some parts of the movie "the name of the rose" have been turned here

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Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763-34-37-68
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Umbria  >  Province of Terni  >  Orvieto

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