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

Orvieto, Italy
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Ranked #7 of 26 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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Macedonia, Ohio
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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

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Toronto
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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

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New York City, New York
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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

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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

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Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
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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.

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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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.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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

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Marazion, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Amazing Napoleonic-era construction, which certainly gives you a work-out! The double-helix stairs take you down a LONG WAY, and back up again - and that's it! But it's worth it!

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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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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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