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

Orvieto, Italy
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Ranked #7 of 25 attractions in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: 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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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Well, the story says, the pope was hiding himself here. dont know if it it is true but surely should be visited in Orvieto. Beautiful place..

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Oslo, Norway
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Highly worth visiting to witness architectural genius - two spiral staircases, built by Antonio Sangallo in 1527. A truly fascinating piece of engineering. A must visit when in Orvieto, but remember - no elevators available!

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Vancouver, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The engineering and architectural genius that is embedded with Italia's history is astonishing and impressive. Although a short visit to walk down and back up the Well it is well worth the time. Especially in the heat of the summer it was a nice cool reprieve from the heat. The entry/exit queue is rather narrow and steps a bit slick... More

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Seattle, Washington
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21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We usually climb towers so it was fun to experience the underground. The history is interesting and the well is worth seeing. It won't take long so do it

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Inverloch, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Make sure you don't miss St. Patricks Well when visiting Orvieto, this is very different from any other place I have ever seen, the engineering of the double helix staircase has to be seen to be believed.

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Northamptonshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is worth the visit. It looks as if one would be exhausted after going up and down the well, but in fact there is lots of room so one can take all the time you need, and the steps are shallow and not very demanding.

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Roswell
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Ok bad pun aside this is an interesting attracting and an engineering marvel, but it's a bit pricey for a walk up and down stairs. It is a great place to grab some interesting pictures and on a hot late spring day it is wonderfully naturally air conditioned. For a great selfie when you are at the bottom of the... More

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

in May 1527, Pope Clement VII escaped the sack of Rome and sought refuge in Orvieto,. Fearing a siege, he hired Antonio Sangallo to build a well to supply the city with water. It has a double helix staircase. Go down on a hot summer afternoon for respite from the heat, but you do have to climb back up. No... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A wonderful place to visit on a hot day. Beware, this is quite strenuous, and if you change your mind after even a few steps down, you don't get your money back. This happened to some people we met coming out.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Takes a bit of walking, or you could take the bus but how boring is that? Worth the walk. The gardens/park offer stunning views and the well itself is truly an engineering feat for its time. Stop for gelato at LaMusa, Corso Cavour 351 to refresh and energize either before or after. Lots of stairs top to bottom in circular... More

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