Well of St. Patrick: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

1. From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in central Rome or head to the meeting point in the city center. Board the coach and depart at 8 AM, setting off towards the ancient city of Bagnoregio in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy.  When you arrive, take a stroll around Civita di Bagnoregio which was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The town is noted for its striking position on top of a plateau between the two valleys called Fossato del Rio Torbido and Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Find out about how the settlement is also known as the 'dying town' and was historically accessed by a single road that led from the Tiber valley to Lake Bolsena.  Then, stop for a delicious lunch at a local Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the tour to Orvieto, another small town of Etruscan origins where you can admire the magnificent 14th-century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Visit the remarkable Pozzo di San Patrizio, a historic well that was built by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence in the 16th Century.  Finally, return to Rome where you will be dropped off at the meeting point in the city center.

Orvieto: Admission Ticket for the Well of St. Patrick

2. Orvieto: Admission Ticket for the Well of St. Patrick

Discover the Well of St. Patrick in Orvieto with this admission ticket and admire the helicoidal staircase and double ramp that make it an engineering masterpiece. Gain insight into historical water management systems and snap pictures of its eye-catching design.  See how Antonio da Sangallo designed one of the main monuments of Orvieto. Find out how the region retrieved water in the past as you gaze into the cylindrical well that is an impressive 53.15 meters deep. Take in the light from the 70 windows that provide illumination for the well. View how the central well shaft is surrounded with two helical ramps in a double helix that can be accessed by two doors. Imagine how mules carried empty and full water vessels up and down the staircase. 

Orvieto: City Card with Nine Local Landmarks

3. Orvieto: City Card with Nine Local Landmarks

Immerse yourself in Italy's historic city of Orvieto with a single-pass ticket to all of its best museums and attractions. Explore ceramics and bronze items excavated from the area, on view at the National Archaeological Museum. Glimpse the city's spiritual history at Orvieto Cathedral. See the vast complex that winds under the ancient quarter of Orvieto at the Well of the Quarry, and explore the foreboding Crocifisso del Tufo, an Etruscan necropolis that owes its name to a crucifix engraved in the tuff inside a rock chapel. By purchasing the Single Card, you're also entitled to discounts at other attractions.

Orvieto: Guided Walking Tour of Underground Orvieto

4. Orvieto: Guided Walking Tour of Underground Orvieto

Orvieto stands out on a tuff hill, showing off its jewels, first of all the wonderful Duomo. Under it, however, inside, another city is hidden and preserved, dug over the centuries through the volcanic rock. Walking through the streets of the city, we will discover two unique architectural jewels. The first is the Pozzo della Cava: this is a complex from the Etruscan era with various hypogeal environments and a well dug into the tuff rock on which the city rests. This has a depth of 36 meters and has unique features that we will discover in detail. The second stop of the visit that we will reach with a short walk is the famous Well of St. Patrick: this water structure dates back to the sixteenth century and had the dual function of water supply in case of disaster but also a refuge in case of attack. Designed by Antono da Sangallo il Giovane, it has the peculiarity of having a double staircase whose access is guaranteed by separate doors that allow for totally separate access flows. 54 meters deep, this engineering jewel will be the highlight of this exciting guided tour.

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  • Private tours
  • City cards
  • Day trips

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