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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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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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Kenninghall
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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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Perth, Western Australia
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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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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We had so much fun walking down to the bottom of the well and back. Apparently (according to the audio guide), there are two staircases (double helix), so when you go down one staircase or ramp, you go up a different one. Built between 1527 and 1537, this is an amazing architectural feat. It was fun to take pictures all... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My husband and I knew what this attraction was all about before deciding to enter it, but, we left completely underwhelmed and 20 euro poorer. We had seen Rick Steves' special on Orvieto and knew about the well's history so we wanted to see it in person and maybe learn more about it. Engineering feat aside, there's not much else... More 

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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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.

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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

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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 

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