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Pozzo di San Patrizio, Orvieto

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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Pozzo di San Patrizio is an architectural feat that plunges 53.15 m (174.4 ft) into the ground. A set of 248 steps goes into the vertical drop with windows that open into the central well shaft. Look for the Latin inscription on the well, which translates as, "What nature stinted for provision, application has supplied." The well was created to provide water to Rome in the event of a siege. Pope Clement VII commissioned it when he took refuge in Orvieto after the fall of Rome in 1527. Put Pozzo di San Patrizio at the forefront of your travel plans using our Orvieto itinerary maker.
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  • Shame about the short time available to see inside the well, breathtaking.
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  • Lovely visit inside a well. Be prepared for many comfortable though stairs. Not suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Recommended audio guide outlining the history of the well and also distracts from fatigue.
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  • Really impressive to see this piece of architecture and engineering with your own eyes. The double spiral stairs was made to be able to get the donkeys to carry the water upstairs. 
  • Amazing example of a well transformed in a monument, highly structured and a great architectonic landmark
  • Interesting well with double helix continuous staircase
  • Beautifully designed deep water well.
  • Awesome place and interesting. Worth it!
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  • Beautiful walk down the stairs, there is big trouble in lifts. A little cumbersome exit with a turnstile too tight.
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