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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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It is double helix well so that you can go down one set of stairs and up another. It's a long climb up and down but very an interesting feat of engineering, I appreciated having... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I had read up about the Pozzo di San Patrizio before coming to Orvieto and was looking forward to seeing it. It was indeed interesting, but in my opinion paying 5 Euros to walk up and down the stairs is a waste of money. Compare this to the 6 Euro fee to take the Orvieto underground tour, which is interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It is double helix well so that you can go down one set of stairs and up another. It's a long climb up and down but very an interesting feat of engineering, I appreciated having the audio guide.

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Milan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The best views are at the top (looking at the bottom) and at the bottom (looking at the top) all in between is walking down and up the stairs. Really beautiful and a must-do in Orvieto :)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is definitely worth a short stop if you’re in the region. It’s a very wide and deep well with two intertwined stone spiral staircases (one for going down and the other for coming back up). Fun for the kids. The audio tour is boring and unnecessary.

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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

...but I find it very interesting how they created it. It allowed the donkeys to just walk down, get the water and walk back up without crossing anyone. I think it's beautiful. On the sign it says people that suffer from claustrophobia should not enter. To be honest, it's not that bad. You do not have to cross any tight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very impressive from inside. I love architectural wonders. And it is incredible the planning and knowledge necessary to do this well. Recommend the audio tour so you can get the full history of the structure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Nice surprise! From the outside, St. Patrick's well is very unimposing, but the inside is marvelous! You walk down (and up) 200+ stairs, but the steps are wide and the incline gradual, so it's not that tough. There are two, one-way spiral ramps in a double helix, which used to allowed mules to carry water containers up and down with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We arrived at the ticket office 5 minuten before closing time and found staff that would rather not sell us tickets. The well itself was beautiful, with the 300 or so steps, the big "windows" offering great views into the well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice historical site. Takes You down into the cool waterwell. Extremely nice in the summertemperature (38C). Was relatively easy to walk down and up again.

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The number one attraction in Orvieto in my believe. Close to the funiculare station so go there at the start (or finish) of your Orvieto site seing tour. But be aware, it's a long walk down and you also have to walk up again. Never the less a must see attraction.

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