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Piscina Mirabilis

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Address: Via Ambrogio Greco, Bacoli, Italy
Phone Number: 3336853278
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Incredibly majestic

Well, what can I say about this place? Amazing that it still exists. Hauntingly beautiful, especially with rays of light entering through the ceiling. Just shows how ingenious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
David B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well, what can I say about this place? Amazing that it still exists. Hauntingly beautiful, especially with rays of light entering through the ceiling. Just shows how ingenious the Romans could be. Well worth a visit when in Bacoli. We were lucky - the owner was there and the gates open. Entry is free. After we left the gates were... More 

Assisi, Italy
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A magical and fascinating. Ancient cistern to collect water from the ancient source is from the Roman period, served the great Roman fleet. Greater than that of Istanbul is a wonder to film and photograph.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We saw this as part of a tour. There is not a front counter to buy tickets. Our guide had pre-set up a time to meet with the owner to get the keys, so i am not sure how this would work otherwise. Basically this is the cistern at the end of a huge huge roman aqueduct who's primary purpose... More 

Naples, Italy
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Magnificent. Enter this roman empire water tank is just unforgettable. It was used to provide fresh drinkable water to the Roman fleet going to the military campaigns in the north of Africa. As today, Naples was a very important strategic city. All the surroundings are interesting and you can find lot of restaurants where to eat fish.

Naples, Italy
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40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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Shoalhaven, Australia
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 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 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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16 reviews
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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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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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