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Address: Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number: 0763-34-37-68
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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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A testimony of enginuity and courage

Of course you can read about it and you can look up some pictures on internet, buy only actually being there, going down and looking up gives you a real sense of the trouble... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Leuven
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Of course you can read about it and you can look up some pictures on internet, buy only actually being there, going down and looking up gives you a real sense of the trouble people were willing to go trough to get the drinkable water they needed.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This ancient well is fascinating. A neat way to escape the heat briefly and some lovely photo opportunities from the many niches around the walls. Husband and teenagers discussed the engineering and maths behind it endlessly. I appreciated the chance to walk off some pasta calories on the way back up! Recommend a guidebook or the audio guide - it's... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One way to make sure your enemies can't take your town by stopping off your water supply is to dig a hole 100 metres through solid rock and into an underground stream. And it has to be wide enough that you can take your cattle and sheep down for a drink. Oh, and you have to do this in the... More 

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Halden, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to know anything at all of the history of this town, you must go to see this well. You do not have to walk all the way down if you don't want to, you may turn anywhere. Fantastic piece of engineering!

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip up and down is enjoyable and there are some really good photo ops. If you like architecture and history it is a great place to visit.

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Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it costs about 5 € per person, it is worth spending it. I have never seen a similar place. The visit does not take long, but it is for sure a special experience.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you appreciate architecture, then you really need to walk to the bottom of this stunning construction from the 1530's. You'll know why when you get to the bottom. The stairs down and then back up are actually an easy walk, given they are even (unlike so many other stairs in Italy). If anything, it was a bit difficult to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first recommendation is to get the €20 pass to all attractions in Orvieto. My second is go to the Orvieto underground tour. My third is to visit St Patrick's well. My fourth is to pay an extra €2 or so for the audio guide at St Patrick's. At St Patricks, you are treated to an engineering marvel, which the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the far end of Orvieto is the 16th C St Patricks Well (Il Pozzo di San Patrizio) commissioned by Pope Clement VII. 53m deep and 13 wide with 284 steps and TWO spiral staircases. The sign outside warns people with heart conditions, asthma and claustrophobia to ‘be aware’. As it was it was quite well light with lots of... More 

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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pozzo di San Patrizio is beautiful and its engineering is brilliant. However, you get more if you take a guided tour in underground caves of Orvieto.

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