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
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.
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
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.
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.