Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta

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Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta
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The Gaiola Underwater Park is a Marine Protected Area established in 2002 along the Posillipo coast, in the northwestern Gulf of Naples. The Park owes its singularity to the fusion of volcanological, biological and archaeological aspects inserted in one of the most attractive coastal landscape in the Gulf. Many ancient roman remains (I Century b.C.) lie underwater because of a geological phenomenon (bradyseism). It’s possible to visit it by glass-bottom boat, snorkeling and diving tours.
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Nils E
Zurich, Switzerland171 contributions
Cristal clear water and lots of fish
Sep 2021 • Couples
Such a beautiful place. We took our snorkels an explored the area. Cristal clear water with at least 10 meter visibility. You need to book beforehand to get inside and down there is little internet. The beach is closed between 1pm and 2pm and you need to book either the morning or afternoon slot.
Written September 22, 2021
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Amy M
4 contributions
An adventure
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited in October 2019 and have thought it regularly since. Just stunning, well worth the trip out.
Written October 16, 2020
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Maps819444
3 contributions
Ancient history right there.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lovely place for a day out. If you go out of high season you will find a spot on the small beach. You can swim safely from the beach, and if you take a snorkel go around and explore the ancient Roman ruins. It's also a marine reserve. You have a half-hour walk down a road to get there, but it's well worth it. Buses go from Naples.
Written November 23, 2019
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Scotchmartyn
Edinburgh, UK10 contributions
Conservation / Marine / History - Glass bottom boat tour around the bay
Oct 2019
We booked in advance a glass bottom boat your of this Marine protected area and were not diasppointed. Lasts about one hour, in Italian although our guide was able to very impressively provide English highlighjts which was enough to bring it to life - to be honest even the Italian version would have been fine, lots to see. Roman ruins under the water, geological features along the coast and a little history. Took about an hour and well worth the E 45.00 cover charge for four people, plus supporting the park. This is a nice activity for a morning or afternoon in the Naples area, also feels safe and quiet as it's in Posillipo (the posh part) where I would also recommend staying.

Tips: park on the main road above the area around the big white villa with the palm tree: blue parking spaces max stay 2 hours ticket is about E 2.00, so time it well. Do not drive down the hill indicated by Sat Nav, bottleneck and no parking spaces. Takes 10 / 15 minutes to walk down the hill comfortably (20 to get back up!). Some people with different abilities might need 30 mins to negotiate the path and shallow steps down to the water, there is no wheelcair access and getting onto the boat would be hard as no ramp.

Great place and well worth supporting their conservation activity. They have no cafe so take water with you. There are shops about a mile away on the main road.
Written October 21, 2019
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Maja Stojanovic
Cacak, Serbia31 contributions
Beautifully mysterious
Sep 2019 • Couples
I had accidentally found out about Gaiola Island after googling “things to do” in Naples. It immediately caught my eye as most of the articles were titled: “mysterious island with cursed villa.” I HAD to go there. It is a bit of a trip to get there but it is absolutely worth it. Once you get to the area you’ll find yourself in zone A at first, which is nice, but we didn’t spend any time there. What you’re looking for is zone B-this is where the ‘cursed island’ is.
Once you climb up a short flight of stairs in zone A, you’ll find yourself at the top of zone B. A man sitting at a desk will ask for a valid ID, which he holds on to until you are ready to leave, and he gives you a pass into the area. It is completely FREE to be in this area. He’ll tell you about some rules to be followed:
-zone B is open from 9:00am-4:00pm
-no food, no plastic bottles
-no underwater cameras
-no snorkelling gear
There are signs around that may say no swimming, but swimming is allowed (he’ll even confirm it). Although all these rules are in place, they’re not that strict.
Once past this mini ‘security check’ you’ll see an info center to your left where there is a decent restroom available for 50 cents. Past that is the beach. It is a stone beach and there’s not much of it, so getting there early is key. Only 100 people are allowed in the area at a time. We were lucky because the day we went was overcast so there was a total of 8 people on the entire beach (otherwise I hear it can be pretty packed).
The beach is absolutely gorgeous and the actual cursed island is just a short swim away from where you’ll lay your towels. No one actually specified that you weren’t allowed to clamber onto the cursed island, but that was quickly confirmed once the ‘security’ guy started blowing his whistle the moment I set foot on the island. A kind of ‘look, don’t touch’ sort of policy. You can swim ALL THE WAY to it, but cannot climb onto it, no matter how tempting. Regardless, it is incredibly cool and slightly eerie. You can find lots of myths and tales about the island online, but what you’ll see is an abondoned house and creepy looking bridge connecting two sections of the island.
I thoroughly enjoyed this place and would recommend it to anyone staying in or near Naples. Great adventure!
Written September 4, 2019
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Sandra Bozic
6 contributions
the island infront of beach is awsome. the way to the beach can be a little hard in a hot sun.
Jul 2019
Cute, interesting but a little dirty and crowdy. you should go there earlier of the day if you want to get the place on the beach.
Written July 15, 2019
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UCMed - Food Culture
Sorrento, Italy149 contributions
Too beautiful to be true.
Mar 2019 • Friends
Absolutely too beautiful to bee true, but not to be visited when it's to busy, that's in summer weekends and in any day when school are closed (beginning of June - septmber): too busy
Written March 15, 2019
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Katie B
6 contributions
Snorkel tour around the marine
Aug 2018 • Couples
We emailed the info directly to reserve a place 2 days prior and it was hassle free from the start. There is a separate queue for those snorkelling and those going to sunbathe.

Our tour guide Simone was fantastic. Even though English wasn’t his first language his description and mannerism was amazing and we learnt so much and saw so many different types of sea creatures. Definitely a must no matter where in Naples you are staying. History and sealife all at once!
Written August 5, 2018
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Renate V
Hartbeesfontein, South Africa1,096 contributions
Book for boat
Apr 2018 • Friends
We were booked for a trip on the glass bottom boat to see the remains of the Roman villa. These boat trips only go on weekends. When we arrived the company warned us that the tide was bringing in or stirring up the sand and that visibility was poor. Thus we decided not to do the trip. I was disappointed but sill I appreciate the fact that they were honest and didn't let us go pay for a disappointing tour
Written May 16, 2018
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TouristHarrogate
Harrogate, UK99 contributions
A hidden gem
Apr 2018 • Family
We were looking for Parco Virgiliano on foot and came across this hidden gem. We got the Metro Line 2 to Mergellina and then took bus no 140 to Capo Posillipo, from there follow signs to Parco Virgiliano and saw the turning towards this site so we decided to explore it. At the end of the footpath you are rewarded with this beach and a breath-taking view. We didn't swim or snorkel as we hadn't expected this. However it is a good walk there and back.
Written April 9, 2018
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