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Pozzo di San Patrizio, Orvieto

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Historic Site
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 walked to the pozzo from our hotel, which is a bit of a walk since the pozzo is at the end of Orvieto. We got there pretty early in the day and there weren't a lot of other people (I can imagine it...  more »
  • Since it's a double helix design, you won't run into people going up when you're going down. I'm a bit claustrophobic, but I had no problem. There's plenty of head room, and the "windows" to the shaft...  more »
  • A long winding stairway down and a repeat coming up. A masterpiece of engineering by Etruscans to acquire water. Cool temperatures but not especially exciting beyond its engineering.  more »
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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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