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. Pozzo di San Patrizio is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Orvieto Edition.
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  • It is perhaps the most famous monument of Orvieto and really it is worth approaching to make a small visit to this well that is built with stairs spiral, one superimposed on the other so that through the arches (a kind of "windows") that are made along the route can be seen, at the time that one falls, the other visitors who are doing the reverse way. Curious optical effect that makes you hard to guess what the arches and stairs that correspond to the descent and others which are rising.
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  • I suggest everyone to visit this monument to human ingenuity, as mentions the plaque, created to compensate for a shortage of nature in that place. I can't describe the place in detail because it is more than a place, a personal emotion, is not any place where throwing a coin veiw and make a wish. This is wonderful wits to appreciate and enjoy on site.
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  • It is one of the most beautiful well that exist: the descent to the bottom of the well is on foot. There are 2 ramps that never cross: one for down and another to get back. Essential during a visit to Orvieto.
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  • If you are in this town you must need visit this well. It's bigger than the famous well of Sintra, Portugal. Take care with the old steps and take a pullover !
  • Very unique place to see. It is also wonderfully cool inside during summer. My boyfriend is an engineer and he thought it was pretty cool. Google maps sent us on a bit of a runaround getting there though. It sent us to the funicular and we assumed we had to take the funicular to get there. You don't!
  • good place and nice view , great place for walking. 16th-century circular well shaft with a descending 248-step spiral staircase & internal windows. absolutely to see for those who come to Orvieto, I think it is with the cathedral the main attraction. I can say that right in front of the well of St. Patrick's there is a large parking lot comfortably comfortably about € 1.50 an hour until 22:00 of the Evening. The well is made up of about 250 steps both to descend or to climb, spiral, the environment is still wide and I do not think it creates real problems.
  • Good place to visit in Orvieto. Renting the audio guide is helpful to understand better the construction and history of the site. Very interesting site.
  • First of all, 5 euro's for the well is too much. It's literally just a bunch of stairs going down and there is not much to see on the bottom. The water is filled with cash, so if you took a quick dive you'd most likely die of hypothermia. No personel in the well, no protection from a potential fall, not many safety fences. I think it's a must see, but the price is just too high for the goods. They are just milking the Chinese tourists, and the personel aren't very friendly.
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