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Address: Orvieto, Italy
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+39 0763 343768
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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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Physical experience of how this smart well worked in the past

The visit consisted in walking for down to the bottom if the well and then up, through the marvelous system of two spirals surrounding the well. Along the path you can stop and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 29, 2016
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Lesmo, Italy
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Prato, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

When in Orvieto don't miss pozzobdi san Patrizio. You have to do the walkway till yhe bottom of the pozzo. Fantastic experience

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Province of Terni, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

It was built by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger between ilo 1527-1537 by Pope Clement VII commission after fleeing from Rome because of the invasion of Landsknecht as a reserve of water for the city, because even if this were in turn besieged not he could long resist. The shaft has two flights of spiral stairs one way consisting of... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We visited Orvieto twice on our trip to Italy and finally decided to check out St. Patrick's well. The 2 euro audioguide was excellent and provided amazing history and detail on the construction and uses of this double helix stairway well with windows. Not for the faint of heart - 157' down and then 157' back up but it really... More 

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Lesmo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

The visit consisted in walking for down to the bottom if the well and then up, through the marvelous system of two spirals surrounding the well. Along the path you can stop and take a look inside the well through the many apertures. Interesting for experimenting this ancient system and some geometry properties.

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Columbus, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

a must to visit in Orvieto. Amazing construction. Be prepared to walk down 496 and up 496. I went half-way down. My husband went all the way down, then back up. He was tired, but said was worth it.

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Brush Prairie, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

be prepared to walk for about 15 minutes (that's the record)...about 60+ meters of stairs... 250 if you want to count them. Just consider the hand made history

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

St Patrick's well is built on a massive limestone overlooking a Valley. The views are amazing! We survived the 203 feet deep, 248 step St Patrick's well,Posso di San Patrizio. Entrance fee is 5E pp. In ancient times donkeys went down one side and up the other, a double staircase descending to the water below past Etruscan tombs and shaft... More 

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Porano, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most interesting wells we have ever seen. It has a double staircase ,one on top of the other i.e. you go down one and up the other. It was built this way as donkeys were used originally to bring up water from the well and there was no room for 2 donkeys to pass through... More 

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Vicenza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Included in the "Carta Unica" ticket, this is a very interesting journey to the mindset of the Middle Ages--when fearing a siege...necessitating digging for a well..through the tufo and the clay...read more about it!

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

This well has 500 steps down and up again. The novelty was more than the sight. Don't forget to make a wish and throw a coin when u reach the bottom.

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