We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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

Address: Orvieto, Italy
Improve this listing
79%
Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Orvieto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Designed in the 1530's, this uniquely engineered well was designed to supply the city of Orvieto in times of war.

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

Write a Review

575 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    239
    218
    86
    20
    12
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Centennial, Colorado, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Walk all the way down this well and than all the way up again. Amazing site. Entrance cost EURO10.00 per person. A little pricy but worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Pretty much just a trip down to the bottom then back up. Though the depth and engineering feat itself make it work the trip

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The Pozza di San Patrizio is very cool, both in temperature and in design. It was built in 1527, commissioned by the Pope to provide water to the town in the event of a siege. The double helix design is most impressive, as it ensured that the mules could move unimpeded in either direction. Although it's "only" 248 steps, we... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Macedonia, Ohio
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Took a day trip from Roma to Orvieto, and one of the things we wanted to do was descend the steps into the Pozzo di San Patrizio. Took the train into town, then went up the funicular to the walled city. The well is just to the left of the funicular station along a well marked pathway leading to entrance.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Toronto
Top Contributor
443 reviews 443 reviews
154 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Interesting how they designed a double helix circulation system for the mules that were bringing the water up. One path down, the other up. But it's a LOT of steps. While we usually rise to a challenge, once down maybe 20-% of the way we did a re-think. "OK, we get it. Got some great photos across the well -... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

While in Orvieto, it's worth the lovely walk down to St. Patrick's Well, a short stroll from the Funicular you take down to the train station. St. Patrick's Well is a long staircase down is there easy part, coming back is tough if you have trouble walking. But it's an interesting experience. As others have suggested, read about St. Patrick's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Read up about Pozzo di San Patrizio before going here, it'll make the visit more meaningful as there are no guides. This was one of the places we explored during a photography trek in Umbria and we came away with some incredible shots. The 'double helix' design of the steps is amazing. The steps are unusual as they were designed... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
Top Contributor
210 reviews 210 reviews
71 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

While fortunate enough to visit this slice of Heaven the beauty of this small ancient attraction is free and very beautiful,easy to locate. Another "must see"in Italy.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Monmouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
65 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

If you're a romantic with imagination, visit 'St Patrick's Well'. It is a wonderful and accomplished piece of early civil engineering in itself, but try to get inside the head of the guy who came up with the solution to the access challenge; a double helix! He was ahead of the game on this one. Go see it for yourself.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you have bottomless pockets in Italy, then you have pockets as deep as il Pozzo di San Patrizio. Which is pretty deep, 53m to be exact. This well is no bucket on a rope but a unique structure, completed in 1537, to provide water for Orvieto. The wall of the well is a double spiral staircase – 248 steps... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick's Well) also viewed

Orvieto, Province of Terni
Orvieto, Province of Terni
 
Orvieto, Province of Terni
Orvieto, Province of Terni
 

Been to Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick's Well)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing