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Piscina Mirabilis - Miseno

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Address: Via Piscina Mirabile, 80070, Bacoli, Italy
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+39 333 685 3278
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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We were lucky to have arrangements made to have this 2000 year old engineering marvel opened for us. A steep descent from ground level into this cistern which collected water from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 7, 2016
Mike K
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

We were lucky to have arrangements made to have this 2000 year old engineering marvel opened for us. A steep descent from ground level into this cistern which collected water from an aqueduct which ran 60 km from Avelino. The water was for the fleet. It is said to be the largest of its kind in Roman antiquity. The descent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Visit by appointment and the local guide will show you round this huge building. Advanced technology the water was brought by an aqueduct over 100 kilometres. It was the water supply for the Roman navy based at Miseno.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Piscina Mirabilis is a Roman cistern built 1st century BC. It is the largest Roman cistern in the world. It measures 70 metres long, 25.5 metres wide and is 15 metres tall. It had a capacity of 12,600 cubic metres and the Romans created hydraulic machines to pump the water. In the 1st and 2nd century AD, twelve barrel vaulted... More 

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MIlton Keynes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Getting into is not the easiest if you do not speak Italian. Ask at the Tourist info office(along sea front,by large car park) for directions.Do not try and park nearby! You have to ring the number found on the gate and wait for a man to arrive.Does not seem the happiest,but would you be happy if you were called from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Assisi, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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