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“Beautiful Views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cumae (Cuma)

Cumae (Cuma)
Pozzuoli, Italy
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Ranked #7 of 11 Attractions in Pozzuoli
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Beautiful Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We rented a car specifically to see the Cave of the Sybil, so I was a little disappointed to see it taped off after about 20 meters. We decided to keep moving and see the temples at the top and what was there made the trip well worth it. There were beautiful views of the ocean that even my 4 and 2 year old sons appreciated, and we were able to explore the ruins of the temples with almost no restrictions. We were the only people there, so we were really able to relax and enjoy being together in the nature park like environment. This is not the type of place to bring a stroller unless you have the kind with huge wheels. There are a lot of steps and at the top it is all uphill on ancient Roman roads. We just walked at the kids' pace and enjoyed a leisurely family day.

Visited December 2011
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“Sort of like Pompeii without the crowds !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

Although it's not near much else ,the ruins here are spectacular .Unlike Pompeii ,which had crowds even in March ,Cumae was mostly deserted and empty ,which added to it's appeal .It was almost like we discovered it !! Very little is restricted ,unlike the bigger attractions .

Visited March 2011
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“Hidden gem !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

If you want to see thousand year-old caves and ancient paintings with absolutely no crowds...
Spectacular. Entrance was inexpensive...
You will need a car to get there...no trains or subways yet.
Archeologists would LOVE this place.

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“The cave of the Cumaean Sybil”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

Cumae was one of the major oracles of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The cave of the famous prophetess, the Cumaean Sibyl had been carved into a huge rock near the seaside. In addition to the description of archaeological excavations, especially impressive are quotations from Virgil’s Aeneid carved on marble tablets, the Ancient texts telling us about what, according to the epic, Aeneas and the men accompanying him felt, what Ancient people felt as they approached the cave of the prophetess.

For a moment we also felt this fear mixed with respect as we stepped into the triangle-shaped entrance of the sanctuary. Getting into the rock-slot, we had a weird impression as if the approximately 100-meter long, triangle-shaped slot were a large, long birth canal, the end of which was widening just like a uterus. This cave is the symbol of femininity and fertility.

Alongside the long corridor, smaller booths also taking the shape of a triangle can be seen. These booths must have been closed by heavy brass gates and they may have been used by people waiting in hope of getting prophecies. At the end, where the slot is widening, we get into a tall, rotund rock cave with two minor slots alongside. In one of these slots the echo effect could especially distinctly be heard. Was it from this dimness that the prophetess called those waiting for her? Archaeologists surely know much more about this. At any rate, it was a great experience to see and feel this monument of cult.
Julianna Farkas, Hungary

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