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Pozzo di San Patrizio, Orvieto
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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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  • We arrive a little leaked out to the well. I ask for information to the person at the entrance, I had no way to recover them. The person said 5 euro x three times, Meanwhile I was asking for anything. Was busy in a phone call. The well is wonderful even at dusk. Personnel management should be revised.
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  • extremely particular feeling get off in the darkness as he tackles the descent, also of interest is the fact that the ascent and descent take place on two separate scales that are interwoven with spiral
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  • Summer visit with family and friends. Beyond that the visit of the well worth the wait I would recommend to improve the reception and the services available for tourists with a few sessions plus a hallway that can give some more information to whoever is waiting for their turn of entry and maybe also produce educational guides or with the designation of sites. What made us wait is that it is a masterpiece of engineering with two one-way spiral ramps, completely autonomous serviced by two different doors, which allowed you to carry with mules water extracted, so challenging just to think and one of a kind. Essential use information from personal media unfortunately disrupt groups.
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  • Admission €5. Stop by for the sweeping panoramic views of the countryside even if you don't pay to go in.
  • 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.
  • An exceptional building, sights only after you understand how son made stairs. Shame about the price of access, I think 5 euros per person is too much for our service. All this after paying parking is available.
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