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Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: +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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Surviving the 248 steps!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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San Diego, California
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Brush Prairie, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank Isostel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a tourist hotspot, so you can have some peaceful moments there. The inside is a double spiral staircase carved. worth a visit

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Vicenza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A cool well in the shape of a double helix so that those going down don't meet up with those climbing back up the well. Cool photo opportunities from the top and bottom. My DSLR was able to capture the blue pool at the bottom midway down. The audio guide is only 1 euro and the only source of information... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's ok. Good place to visit when bored with the rest of Orvieto. Kids skipping school hang out and throw paper airplanes off the wll. On the right side is a nice walkway (pretty steep) for some that goes down to the railroad station. Nice way to leave the city if you don't mind walking.

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Berrylands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

My children loved this. It was an amazing thing to have constructed hundreds of years ago, with 12 levels of windows to let light in as you/the donkeys of yesteryear go up and down. A leaflet might have been nice as the gruff woman on the desk barely said a word!

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Planet Insectia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Not too many people go to visit a well, especially one that isn't scenic. The well is beautiful inside with the double spiral staircase (so mules could go up and down apparently) carved into the tufa with beautiful colonnades around the shaft itself. Well worth a visit.

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