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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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  • Who designed the well. Do not cross the mules loaded with water that were up and down from the well, has seen fit to build 2 overlapping spirals. The visit is worth, and it's not so difficult.
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  • Nowadays we may treat it as a simple water supply point but the brilliance of this 16th century has allowed us to prepare the city to face a long siege. The particularity of this genius lies in the fact that it was built by digging into the stone two helical ramps one way system in such a way that it was possible to descend with the mules up to 54 meters deep to load water and trace from another ramp without encountering those who fell behind. It is worth going down for the approximately 300 steps to have the feeling of being at gates of hell in a Dantesque. Great work to discover.
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  • The place is quite interesting and curious, fantastic work for the period in which it was held. The surroundings of the well has a great visual.
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  • Double helix stone-and-brick staircase 150 ft. deep. The stairs to descend are independent from the way up. Incredible engineering five centuries ago, together with many identical windows facing inward. Quite an experience.
  • Pretty rare and still worth paying a visit although there is really nothing at the bottom. Stairs are easy and gives you good exercise :)
  • Everytime you going to have a different experience mazing Technologic way to carry water from a well
  • Caution, closed from february till june 17, extraordinary maintance
  • Impressive place, a must to see in the wonderful town of Orvieto.

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Orvieto draws thousands of visitors every day of the year, so it is essential to book your rooms well in advance. You can choose a centrally located mid-range hotel, offering comfortable rooms, good food, and friendly service by knowledgeable locals. You can also explore the more expensive lodgings offered by quaint hotels with gourmet restaurants located in the picturesque hills surrounding the city. Remember that if you do stay outside of Orvieto, you may also need to rent a car to get around.  
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