Pozzo di San Patrizio

Jan– Feb – Nov – Dec: 10.00am – 4.45pm
Mar – April – Oct:  9.00am – 6.45pm
May – June – July – Aug – Sept:  9.00am – 8.00pm

Ticket: € 5,00
Reduced tickets (students, senior, groups): € 3,50
Free for children 0-6 years old
Animals not allowed

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.

Near the Pozzo di San Patrizio

  • Tempio etrusco del Belvedere (30 mt)
  • Fortezza Albornoz (120 mt)
  • funicular station and minibus
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