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

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Address: Orvieto, Italy
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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Definitely worth the trip down

It's truly an engineering marvel and worth hiking down the spiral staircases. So impressive to imagine this being built so long ago.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you need some exercise and would like to see a marvel of engineering, walk down and back up this very deep well. Many steps and two perfect spirals; one down and one up. Apparently it is also good luck in Italy to visit this well. We now have a lot of luck!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is one sight I planned after my father-in-law visited it because I found his description so incredible. The well is very deep but the steps don't seem steep. Most incredibly the steps going down wind around in a helix as do the steps going up but in a separate helix. They don't meet each other until the bottom where... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is well worth the visit, what an amazing feat it was to create in its day. As you descend you cannot see the bottom and slowly it starts to unfold. You arrive at the bottom much quicker than you think you will as you become lost in the revolutions. Set in a lovely park ideal for a picnic with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but when in Orvieto don't miss St. Patrick's Well. It was designed so that livestock could travel one way to get down to the well and go back up on a different spiral staircase. You'll be amazed at how deep it is. Don't miss it when visiting Orvieto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is a must do for visiting Orvieto. Very near the Furnicular Building and takes about an hour overall to descend and then ascend. 174' deep but with almost ramp like steps, almost any able bodied person can do it (we are over 65). Wear a light wrap or jacket as it is cool inside the well. Cost per person... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It's truly an engineering marvel and worth hiking down the spiral staircases. So impressive to imagine this being built so long ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Was intrigued what lay behind the ornate gate opposite the car[park, so wandered through, into a beautiful shaded area with wonderful views

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

St Patricks Well is a very interesting piece of architecture built on the edge of the cliff, it is 53 metres deep and 13 metres wide with 70 windows. There are 2 spiral staircases, one for descending and one for ascending, independent of each other a total of 248 steps large enough to accomadate donkeys carrying water to to surface.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Pope Clement VII had it built after his escape to Orvieto in 1527 following the "Sack of Rome." Although Clement was able to return to Rome before its completion, the "Well" continued to provide Orvieto with future generations of clean drinking water, an architectural embellishment that still fascinated (and confounds) and a tourist attraction worthy of a stop. NOTE: Do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Extraordinary when you think about how it works, the way you can see people going up as you are going down, but you never physically pass each other!! Wonderfully cool on a really hot day and able to take at your own pace with a stop or two to admire the view above and below along the way. Only 5... More 

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