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Piscina Mirabilis

Via Ambrogio Greco, Bacoli, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Bacoli
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Historic Sites
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English first
Naples, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Let me start by saying this place is breathtakingly beautiful! Italian is not my first language, nor am I fluent, but I do speak a lot of Italian and knew to call ahead. I called the day before my visit & originally asked to see it at 2:30, she said that was too late, so we agreed on 2:00. My... More

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Sydney, Australia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Who would have thought this place exists under housing and up a narrow suburban street. The custodian arrives, jingling her keys and in you go. Straight away my 13 year old son was playing hide and seek behind the massive columns and do you think I could find him? The whole place reminds me of something out of Indiana Jones... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

The opening times vary by month so do call ahead to make sure you can visit (and someone will be available to open the gate). The numbers are +393336853278 and +393335730225. The gatekeeper takes lunch from 13:30 to 14:30 (i.e. you can't visit between these times). Also, the site is closed on Monday. Although interesting, there's not much info so... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I am sure this would have been a great place to visit but the custodian refused to come out and open the site when our Italian friend called. Strongly recommend you call before hand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

The Piscina Mirabilis cistern is the largest known in the Roman world. It was built to allow the Roman navy to stay outside the bay area. The Romans did have grand projects, considering that the water came all the way from the Vesuvius (approx. 45 km / 30 miles…) If you walk towards Miseno, you will see the creeks that... More

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