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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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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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Worth a visit - just watch the gate at the end

We were concerned about the climb down into the well since two of our party were having issues with their knees / legs. We read some of the reviews and saw some photos of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Yvonne T
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Venice, Italy

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating story with this well, don't miss it....BUT the openings as you walk down, up are low, large, and a huge danger to young children. They should have bars.

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Thank Brent L
Champlin, Minnesota
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a ton of fun but it was hard to get back up. There really isn't much too see here, just the double helix and the historical significance of it. Really the only reason to do this is to say you did it.

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Thank Cesamos
Bangor, United States
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89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You could easily miss this if you do not follow your map but it is an amazing structure and makes for some great photos. It was constructed in 1527 and goes down 200 feet using 248 opposing spiral staircases. That means you go down one way and come up another opposing spiral stair. The bricks on the stairs are quite... More 

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Thank Robert O
Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St Patricks Well is a very interesting piece of architecture. There are 2 spiral staircases, one for descending and one for ascending and definitely worth the trek down (and up). A little history: In 1527 after Rome had been sacked by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V’s troops, slaying between 6 and 12 thousand, Pope Clement looked to nearby Orvieto... More 

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Orvieto, Lazio, Italy
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You go down and up again. Information is pitiful. It's a wasted resource. The experience is kind of 'take it or leave it'. I value Italy's heritage. It would be so much better if there was a serious visitor's centre. Sorry it's kind of crap!

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Thank Daniel M
Prague
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The most impressive thing about this well is the genius behind its architecture: the center is surrounded by two staircases in a spiral which allowed mules to carry water up and down at the same time without crossing each other's paths. There are some 250 steps and plenty of windows to illuminate the stairs. Given the fact that it was... More 

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Thank Gianmaria G
Venice, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We were concerned about the climb down into the well since two of our party were having issues with their knees / legs. We read some of the reviews and saw some photos of the stairs which alleviated our concerns. Once you get past the fact that the person you are purchasing the tickets from is not enthusiastic about their... More 

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Thank Yvonne T
Castenedolo, Italy
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Very interesting visit, I have never seen something similar, and it's a very nice experience even if it's a bit humid!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I expected a "well" but what I found was a double spiral staircase of stone wide enough for two to walk together to the bottom. It was hard to believe this was almost 500 years old.

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Thank Nancy R
Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

You really can't see much of this famous well except for it's very nice, circular brick enclosure above ground, unless you pay the €5 admission charge, and you should. Helpful hint: paying the charge doesn't commit you to climbing all the way to the bottom and back up (it was designed as a one way so that donkeys did not... More 

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