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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
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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Inverloch, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Make sure you don't miss St. Patricks Well when visiting Orvieto, this is very different from any other place I have ever seen, the engineering of the double helix staircase has to be seen to be believed.

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Northamptonshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is worth the visit. It looks as if one would be exhausted after going up and down the well, but in fact there is lots of room so one can take all the time you need, and the steps are shallow and not very demanding.

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Roswell
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Ok bad pun aside this is an interesting attracting and an engineering marvel, but it's a bit pricey for a walk up and down stairs. It is a great place to grab some interesting pictures and on a hot late spring day it is wonderfully naturally air conditioned. For a great selfie when you are at the bottom of the... More

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

in May 1527, Pope Clement VII escaped the sack of Rome and sought refuge in Orvieto,. Fearing a siege, he hired Antonio Sangallo to build a well to supply the city with water. It has a double helix staircase. Go down on a hot summer afternoon for respite from the heat, but you do have to climb back up. No... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A wonderful place to visit on a hot day. Beware, this is quite strenuous, and if you change your mind after even a few steps down, you don't get your money back. This happened to some people we met coming out.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Takes a bit of walking, or you could take the bus but how boring is that? Worth the walk. The gardens/park offer stunning views and the well itself is truly an engineering feat for its time. Stop for gelato at LaMusa, Corso Cavour 351 to refresh and energize either before or after. Lots of stairs top to bottom in circular... More

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This attraction is in the park near the funicular in Orvieto. You can buy a ticket at the tourist office in the square near the Duomo that will allow you to visit this attraction. My suggestion would be to visit on one of your trips down the funicular as it is a distance from the center of town. If you... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You go round and round to you finally get to the bottom to see some water with coins in, then round and round you go to get to the top, it doesn't sound like much but you should do it anyway. It is a fantastic piece of engineering. Built in 1527, it is 62 metres deep, with 248 steps and... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Fascinating bit of 17th century engineering. The well is very large and very deep. Just remember, climbing down is the easy part!

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed descending the almost 500 steps to the bottom of the well and seeing the still existing water then ascending again in the double helix construction of the well. Entrance fee was three euros and was well worth the time to see a piece of history. Highly recommend.

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