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Pozzo San Patrizio (St. Patrick's Well)
Pozzo San Patrizio - Photo: Antichitera
Pozzo San Patrizio is an historic structure which can be found in Orvieto in the region of Umbria, Italy.

It takes it's name from the 5th century Irish legend of St. Patrick and the cave (often referred to as a pit or well) in County Donegal which was shown to him by Christ. The cave subsequently became a pilgrimage site and is now known as St. Patrick's Purgatory.

Pozzo San Patrizio
Photo: Fantasy
The well was constructed in the mid 16th century by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger at the request of Pope Clement VII. The Pope had taken refuge in Orvieto after the seige of Rome in 1527 and he had concerns about the water supply to the city. He feared that if Orvieto were to come under attack the current water supply would be insufficient. The well was designed to provide sufficient water for everyone in case of seige or other disasters.

Antonio da Sangallo the Younger designed a masterpiece of engineering by surrounding the central shaft of the well with two spiral ramps in a double helix. It can be accessed by two doors which where mules transporting water could go down with full vessels one way and come up with empty ones the other, thus avoiding congestion and creating a smooth running operation.

Pozzo San Patrizio
Photo: Bob Tubbs
Pozzo San Patrizio is 54 metres deep and the cylindrical base has a diameter of 13 metres. It is lit by natural light from 70 large windows and has 248 steps.

There is a Latin inscription on the well 'QUOD NATURA MUNIMENTO INVIDERAT INDUSTRIA ADIECIT' which means'WHAT NATURE STINTED FOR PROVISION, APPLICATION HAS SUPPLIED.

Pozzo San Patrizio
Photo: Abxbay
It is possible to take the steps to the base of the well, if you dare, and feel the ever cooler air as you descend. From the floor of the well you can stare up the towering cylinder to the sky above you and admire the ancient architecture and structure of the well. The light provided by the windows creates some fascinating effects creating some unusual and spectacular opportunities for keen photographers.
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Umbria Information
Location of Umbria
Area: 8,456 km²
Population: 867,878
Density: 103/km²
Capital: Perugia

Find a hotel in Umbria
Provinces
Comunes
  • Perugia
    • Assisi
      Bastia Umbra
      Bettona
      Bevagna
      Campello sul Clitunno
      Cannara
      Cascia
      Castel Ritaldi
      Castiglione del Lago
      Cerreto di Spoleto
      Citerna
      Città della Pieve
      Città di Castello
      Collazzone
      Corciano
      Costacciaro
      Deruta
      Foligno
      Fossato di Vico
      Fratta Todina
      Giano dell'Umbria
      Gualdo Cattaneo
      Gualdo Tadino
      Gubbio
      Lisciano Niccone
      Magione
      Marsciano
      Massa Martana
      Monte Castello di Vibio
      Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
      Montefalco
      Monteleone di Spoleto
      Montone
      Nocera Umbra
      Norcia
      Paciano
      Panicale
      Passignano sul Trasimeno
      Perugia
      Piegaro
      Pietralunga
      Poggiodomo
      Preci
      San Giustino
      Sant'Anatolia di Narco
      Scheggia e Pascelupo
      Scheggino
      Sellano
      Sigillo
      Spello
      Spoleto
      Todi
      Torgiano
      Trevi
      Tuoro sul Trasimeno
      Umbertide
      Valfabbrica
      Vallo di Nera
      Valtopina

  • Terni
    • Acquasparta
      Allerona
      Alviano
      Amelia
      Arrone
      Attigliano
      Avigliano Umbro
      Baschi
      Calvi dell'Umbria
      Castel Giorgio
      Castel Viscardo
      Fabro
      Ferentillo
      Ficulle
      Giove
      Guardea
      Lugnano in Teverina
      Montecastrilli
      Montecchio
      Montefranco
      Montegabbione
      Monteleone d'Orvieto
      Narni
      Orvieto
      Otricoli
      Parrano
      Penna in Teverina
      Polino
      Porano
      San Gemini
      San Venanzo
      Stroncone
      Terni

Umbria Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
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