Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto & Tempio del Belvedere

The Pozzo di San Patrizio in Orvieto is an over 60 meter deep well. The monument is located behind the city’s former castle, now converted into a public garden. The perfectly preserved well is characterized by two sets of stairs winding down along its side.

Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto

History and description

Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto
Pozzo di San Patrizio

The well was built by order of Pope Clement VII when he fled to Orvieto during the Sack of Rome of 1527. He had the well constructed in order to have potable water in case Orvieto itself was also attacked.

Interieur Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto
Interieur

The “Well of Saint Patrick” is around 61 meters deep. Two spiral staircases run along its inner wall. In this way, the donkeys carrying water up from the well could go up and down simultaneously without getting in each other’s way.

It is permitted to walk all the way down to the bottom of the well.

Tempio del Belvedere

Tempio del Belvedere Orvieto
Tempio del Belvedere

The ruins close to the well are what is left of what used to be an Etruscan Temple called Tempio del Belvedere. Along the edge of the cliff are remains of steps, a foundation and some columns. Not much of the original temple is left, but some of the architectural elements have been saved and are on display in Orvieto’s National Archaeological museum.

Orvieto - National Archaeological Museum (antefix Tempio del Belvedere)
Antefix of the Tempio di Belevedere with satyrs and maenads (in Orvieto’s National Archaeological Museums)

Useful information

Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto (ingang)
Entrance

Address: Piazza Cahen, 5B – 05018 Orvieto. Telephone: +39 0763 343768. Opening hours: From 09:00 to 19:30; November to February from 10:00 to 16:45. Tickets: 5 Euro. (NB: Times and rates may be subject to change).

The Tempio del Belvedere can be viewed from outside.

Pozzo di San Patrizio, Orvieto