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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  • I would recommend the Unica Card which will give you access to this and many other sights, but I did not purchase and paid the 5 Euros for the trip. The engineering is amazing to see first hand. The w...  more »
  • You can not go to Orvieto without visiting the well of St. Patrick, of which everything has already been said, but to really understand this much-vaunted engineering masterpiece, you just have to come in and see with your own eyes.
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  • Stunning engineering work of the Sangallo of 1500. He sees 250 steps to go down and 250 to climb distributed in 2 spiral stairs that intertwine but never meet... it's really awesome and amazing! Go and visit him
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  • Such an amazing piece of engineering. The double helix staircase certainly throws you a little when you first go in. We went early in the morning when it is quiet, which meant for a more personal visit. However this would be great for a mid afternoon adventure as it's cool underground and thus a good away to escape the heat on hotter days. We paid 5€ each to get in which was a bargain.
  • Cool place to visit. The "Pozzo do San Patrizio" is about 160 feet deep, with a very interesting double helix architecture, which allow to go down to the bottom of the well and than get out by going in just one direction. The ticket cost 4.5 Euros, and the visit takes 30-45 minutes.
  • Carved from volcanic rock 53 meters into the ground. This well is a must see. Takes about 10 minutes to go down and up. 250 stairs down 250 stairs up approximate. Well worth it. Not tiring but Wear good shoes.
  • Not enough words to describe this amazing experience! I did not think it would take me more than one hour to appreciate the place, relax and take some amazing photos!
  • The central well shaft is surrounded with two spiral ramps in a double helix, accessed by two doors, which allowed animals to carry empty and full water vessels separately in downward and upward directions without problems in parallel. The cylindrical well is 53 metres deep with a base diameter of 13 metres. There are 248 steps and 70 windows providing enough light.
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