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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
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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213 reviews 213 reviews
170 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Well, This well is actually pretty ancient, so when going down up to the bottom, if you know how old it is you'll notice what a marvel it is. This well was built in the 16th centuryto provide water to the papal city of Orvieto, with 2 spiral ramps built in order to have mules able to go down and... More

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Rome, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The well is amazing! Have to see for oneself to understand! I left with the impression that back then people were smart and brave! They took the water out on donkeys backs, so I assue there was a lot of droppings in their drinking water. Anyway, afetr so many years, it looked apetizing to me. An unique place to be... More

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Fiesole, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

History can teach a lot, and how could a line of donkeys loaded with barrels go up and down the well at the same time? With two spirals

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Amazing what they did without machinery. Take the hike; it only takes 30 minutes round trip. It is a bit cool at the bottom but it will be warmer inside your jacket by the time you get back to the surface.

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Perth, Western Australia
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58 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We just had a good laugh reading the review by the gentleman whose wife was sick and tired of climbing towers in Rome and Spain and then he took her to the Well! We visited the Well towards the end of our day's sightseeing in this marvellous Etruscan town. Therefore we were so tired we only went down about 75... More

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Reading, PA
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547 reviews 547 reviews
231 attraction reviews
2,094 helpful votes 2,094 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The well is 175 feet - and 495 steps (each way) - deep. The path was built with two spiral stairways - one going up and one going down so traffic did not intersect. The path was built wide enough for donkeys to transport the water - back in the day. Things get a little "hairy" as you looked over... More

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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169 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I have to admit my wife was sick and tired of walking up 'things' by the time w got to Orvieto. We been up Vesuvius, and every tower in Spain and Rome. No worries, let's go to Orvieto where I promised we would not walk up any towers. Imagine her amazement when the first thing we did at Orvieto was... More

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Cinderford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Maybe someone in their late 60s need not accept the challenge of the well! It wasn't the knees that suffered but the calves - every step for that week a reminder of the descent. Returning to light and air was a great relief and a member of our group took a smashing photo of me and my partner resting in... More

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San Diego
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

It is hard to imagine them building this. It must have taken enormous effort to carve this into the ground. It is a unique structure. Having said that, we did not think it was worth the cost of the visit when you can enter magnificent cathedrals for the same price. If you have time to kill, I would visit but... More

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Santa Fe, NM
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The well is interesting, but may not be worth the 3 Euro or so entrance fee. The construction is fascinating. We walked down a few steps, looked down into the well, got the idea, and walked out.

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