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Designed in the 1530's, this uniquely engineered well was designed to supply the city of Orvieto in times of war.
Orvieto, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pozzo di San Patrizio, located very close to the Orvieto funiculare, is an architecturally unique well that is nearly 500 years old. Two staircases, built in the form of a double helix, take you down 248 steps to the base of the well and...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The well served as a way to get water during an attack. The unique desigen allows you to go down and back up without going back up into others. Looking into the center while going up or down is pretty cool. Stairs are not big...More

Thank Swaiz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting fortress without fee. Used to be Pope's war castle defending the City. The views are just great so well worth of visit even history is not your number one thing!

Thank Ispe111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous engineering feat. There are lots of stairs as you go up and down the double helix staircase but take your time and enjoy.

Thank yns_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely incredible architecture. The helical two way staircase is amazing. It was a fairly clever chap who come up with all this.

Thank Armourpiercing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you go down, down, down, remember that you'll have to go back up, up, up! No worries, though: take your time! Be sure to make a wish as you toss a coin into the well.

Thank DawnAlba
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Long way down and up. Good audioguide, would have been a waste without it. Very interesting history. Quite a feat of skill designing it. Definitely should have gotten the Or-vieto pass, would have saved money on a 3 night trip.

Thank uscrn1990
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Located near the top station of the funicular is this unique well. You enter via a scanner for your ticket. We were a little surprised at how deep it was. There were twin spiral staircases one for each direction to assist with the walk. It...More

Thank TassieTravellers99
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

From outside it doesn't look like much but once you get inside and start walking the stairs you will be amazed at the construction and Ingenuity that went into making this well. I believe for one Euro more you can get the audio headset to...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We counted 586 steps down to the bottom of this well, and so 586 back up. Worth a visit, watch your footing on the way down!

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