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“Custodian refused to come out” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Piscina Mirabilis

Piscina Mirabilis
Via Ambrogio Greco, Bacoli, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Bacoli
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Custodian refused to come out”
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.

Visited September 2013
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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 lie beneath the cistern. There, one can well imagine the Roman vessels maneuvering… The Piscina Mirabilis was closed to the public when we went there (Feb. 2012) because they were fixing its roof. But the lovely thing with Italians is that they didn’t forget to be human ; and so the mason let us in for a quick peek. The cistern is indeed huge ; the style of the (more or less underground) building is sober. (No Istanbul Basilica cistern and no "mise en scène" of any sort). Normally you go and see the lady who holds the keys to let you in. No charge ; just a tip.
We got to the cistern in the afternoon (beware it’s quite a journey). This allowed us to walk to Miseno (20 mn walk), just in time to have a beer on the beach, looking at the sun go down. (There are worse things to do in February) Note that there are at least two cisterns in the same little town ; one that isn’t mentioned in the Lonely Planet but which is beautiful. Sadly it has been closed to the public because of an accident. You can however see part of it from the gate or if you have connections.
I probably took twice as much pleasure out of this venture after having read Robert Harris’ “Pompeii” (novel).

Note that the Piscina Mirabilis and area (Phlegraean Fields) call for at least a two day visit. We missed more than half of the “attractions” – of which the local museum – although we spent a full day in the area... Best is probably to spend a night or two in the area (Lucrino ?) ; also because catching the right buses and trains isn't exactly always obvious.

Visited February 2012
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