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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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Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The engineering and architectural genius that is embedded with Italia's history is astonishing and impressive. Although a short visit to walk down and back up the Well it is well worth the time. Especially in the heat of the summer it was a nice cool reprieve from the heat. The entry/exit queue is rather narrow and steps a bit slick... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We usually climb towers so it was fun to experience the underground. The history is interesting and the well is worth seeing. It won't take long so do it

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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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