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“Interesting”

Pozzo di San Patrizio
Ranked #5 of 64 things to do in Orvieto
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Owner description: Designed in the 1530's, this uniquely engineered well was designed to supply the city of Orvieto in times of war.
Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Worth the walk, interesting sight. Great workout. Tons of walking. Definitely an engineering marvel.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“An engineering marvel, but a bit expensive to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

250 steps take you down to the bottom of this well, and then another 250 steps to get back up again. Obviously not something you should try unless you have good knees. Also not something to try if you're afraid of heights. That sounds odd, since we're talking about a hole in the ground, but on the way down you have plenty of opportunity to look down to the bottom (it's a long way!) not to mention fall down if you're that way inclined.

Having said that, definitely go if you like being impressed by engineering works. Think about it. How did they build this 53m deep well, and then wrap it in not one, but two helical staircases? Clever stuff. Especially when you consider this was built in 1537 (it did take them 10 years). Those stairs were designed so that donkeys could go down to get water, and coming up with full loads not have to meet the other donkeys on their way down.

If it's a hot day, you'll enjoy the fact that it's also pretty cool down there!

Be aware that it's not a cheap thrill - I think the 5 euro entrance fee is a little over the top for what is, after all, a long climb down and up a set of (fascinating) stairs.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“You'll never see anything like this.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

The well was built in medieval times to assure a water supply in case the city was assaulted by enemies. You can walk down to the very bottom, along a spiral staircase. While it is a long walk, it is worth it to see the construction and the view looking back up.

Visited July 2013
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“pozzo di san patricio”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

the cave was boring you just go down a lot of stairs get to the end and return is tired and boring and i dont think it worth 5€

Visited August 2013
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Camano Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fun exercise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

We knew we'd have almost 500 steps (in total down/up), and like that...so it was worth it. My husband listened to the 1Euro audio and said it was interesting. Gets a bit chilly as you get low, but you'll huff and puff a bit on the way up to warm up!

Visited July 2013
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