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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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  • Interesting visit to the shaft of the 16th century, made by me and by my partner, 2 September 2015, although the visit is very fast, within half an hour you've seen everything calmly! Still very impressive.
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  • A unique building. Unfortunately - for us - located at the other end of the city, so this fountain is the absolute highlight of the city. While de rest of the city zwas is also worth seeing, but not particularly different to ihnren neighbors, this building is really something special. Unfortunately also connected in a very strenuous climb - I "could" alone down rise.
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  • The Pozzo della Rocca said of St Patrick (Inventor of purgatory) must be visited once in life, like Mecca for Muslims, not for religious reasons but because of its uniqueness in the world! How many churches, castles, waterfalls, lakes and mountains! but never a pit where you can descend up to 65 meters deep and over there looking at the sky small and ... away! Treat!!!
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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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