Last week I took you up a water tower, this week, it’s time to lead you down a well….
No, you didn’t read the title of this post wrong and no, I haven’t been TUI (typing under the influence); St. Patrick’s Well is indeed in Italy, not Ireland. Actually, since they speak Italian, the people in Orvieto call the well by its official name: Pozzo di San Patrizio. Besides being a terrific way for tourists to escape the heat of an Umbiran day, St. Patrick’s Well is an engineering marvel and has its place in history.
The Story of Saint Patrick’s Pozzo
In the 1500s the Holy Roman Empire lost control of some of its troops (but really, who can bother to keep track?). The troops went rogue and quite successfully attacked Rome itself. Rome, as you may know, was then the home of the pope as it still is today. When your city gets sacked by an angry mob, you either stay and fight or you flee. Since Catholics tend to want to protect Il Papa, they helped him escape to Orvieto (lucky, lucky guy, let me tell you). Continue reading