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

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Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763-34-37-68
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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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We decided at the last minute to tour thr well as we were walking by. The sun had almost set and there were only a few other people inside as we decended. Echos and approaching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

There is a sign at the entrance warning that the well may not be suitable if you are claustrophobic. I feel you should also be warned if you have a fear of heights. There are 'window' all the way down and back up the well but only the ones at the very top are covered and I got a distinctly... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The well is a fun afternoon activity in Orvieto! 5 euros per person (3 if you are a student) and it doesn't take very long to climb down to see the water. Walking back up is quite a workout, but worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We decided at the last minute to tour thr well as we were walking by. The sun had almost set and there were only a few other people inside as we decended. Echos and approaching darkness made the experience more fun, and as we made our way to the bottom we agreed it would be a little TOO eerie if... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We stumbled across this place by accident and it is one of the most memorable experiences we had in Italy. Luckily, it was just the two of us and we saw two other nuns who said hello. It was a hot day in Orvieto and this well was a cool respite. Since there are separate walkways up and down, you... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is a quick stop, depending on how quickly you descend and come back up again! It's simply a climb down some oddly spaced, Renaissance-era steps that spiral down to the bottom of the well (one that Pope Clement (?) ordered so they had a water supply in case of a siege on the city). You cross a little bridge... More 

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Asti, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Amazing to see if you are nearby, because it's a unique piece of architecture from stairs point of view. You go down about 50 meters with one, you return up with another one. But you can't see both... Some parts of the movie "the name of the rose" have been turned here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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Ravenna, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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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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Address: Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763-34-37-68
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Umbria  >  Province of Terni  >  Orvieto

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