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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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Descent into a time centuries ago

Can be a transcendental descent through time as you descend the spiral staircase. Take it slow and understand what it meant to by in Orvieto centuries ago and to rely upon this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This well is interesting in construction but there is no reason to decend the many steps into a very hot deep well to see the architecture. Be warned that to get out you must pass through a very small and tight metal gate, if you are on the larger side you will not be able to exit and will have... More 

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Waalre, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to run by this old waterplace, it is nearby citycenter in a park. Very nice to go downstairs and get back up via different stairs, a cool idea and really interesting to see how they managed to make this centuries ago.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Can be a transcendental descent through time as you descend the spiral staircase. Take it slow and understand what it meant to by in Orvieto centuries ago and to rely upon this structure for sustenance. Then marvel at the engineering required to make it real. Not flashy or ornate, just beautiful in its simplicity and symmetry.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's good fun, well organised and totally authentic. It should be just part of an Orvieto day (you can also do the caves under the cathedral - bookable at the tourist office by the duomo, the tower at the other end of the Via del Duomo, the museum next to the duomo, the facade of the duomo and, of course,... More 

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Turin, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Many people, before me, have said that it is an outstanding engineering achievement, so I won't embellish the comment. However, if you find yourself in Orvieto do pay a visit!

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Haaltert, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The structure is simple but ingenious and it was fun to go down the stairs and up on the other spiral.

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You walk down one way and come up via a completely different set of steps. It is very slippery, the stairs are shallow and there are no guardrails.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth every penny! HISTORY: Orvieto has always been a town with more or less no water (due to the porose nature of the rocks it was built upon) so the locals had to dig wells since the Etruscan era. This pozzo can be considered the masterpiece of these wells. So amazingly engineered to allow mules going up and down at... More 

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Leuven
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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