In 1527 during the “Sack of Rome” the then Pope Clement VII took refuge in Orvieto. He commissioned Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in the construction of the well to serve as the water supply in case of siege.
A masterpiece of Renaissance engineering
The design of Sangallo, who already worked on the fortification of the city, was inspired by the spiral of the Belvedere in the Vatican. He created an ingenious system of two spiral staircases that never meet. They create a way to get in and out of the well (about 53 meters deep) without any traffic problems. Today it is a real pleasure to descend to its depths along the more than two hundred steps.
Tel: (+39) 0763.343768
Reduced tickets: €3.50 (students and senior)
Free for children 0-6 years old
Animals not allowed
Pozzo di San Patrizio visiting hours
January– February – November – December 10.00am – 4.45pm
March – April – September – October 9.00am – 6.45pm
May – June – July – August 9.00am – 7.45pm
The Pozzo di San Patrizio is in front of Piazza Cahen. You can reach it by parking in the same square (Piazza Cahen) or Via Roma parking lot, otherwise by walking from the funicular station, it is just 100 meters on the left.