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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. Pozzo di San Patrizio is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • If you're into engineering/architectural wonders you will likely enjoy this. If you like walking down and then up uneven, downward tilting spiral stairs you will enjoy this. I have no idea where the.....  more
    If you're into engineering/architectural wonders you will likely enjoy this. If you like walking down and then up uneven, downward tilting spiral stairs you will enjoy this. I have no idea where the.....  more »
  • This is an incredible engineering marvel. Too imagine the difficulties involved in creating this water source during that time period, bogles the mind. 
    This is an incredible engineering marvel. Too imagine the difficulties involved in creating this water source during that time period, bogles the mind.  more »
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  • Something different and fun to do on your visit to Orvieto. Wouldn’t miss it if you are already in the city to see the duomo. Neat and well preserved, you start at the top of the well, walk down, and then walk back up. Roughly 250 steps each way. If you are claustrophobic, scared of heights, or not able to walk up that number of steps alse keeping in mind it can be damp and you should be careful of your footing, it may not be for you, but there are still beautiful views. Tickets to go in the well are €5. They did seem to keep good moderation of the number of people inside at once so it did not get too crowded, great for both heat and covid reasons.
  • Nice concept of historical design, the design and the story will amuse you. One of the stories i heard is that there is two ways of the stairs because one is the way up and the other is to go down they made it like this so that the donkeys won't get on eachothers way.

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