Rione Terra

Rione Terra, Pozzuoli

Rione Terra
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
About
The underground archaeological tour of Rione Terra is a journey in the ancient Roman colony, Puteoli , founded in 194 BC and soon became the commercial port of Rome. The course is located below the tuff rock overlooking the Gulf of Pozzuoli, between Nisida and Bay, and runs along the principal axes of the Roman city, hinges and decumani. The visitor, strolling along the streets of Puteoli, Will be fascinated by the architecture of many buildings, the granaries, the oven for processing and baking bread (pistrinum) with millstones almost intact, from cryptoporticos, the workshops and warehouses. The archaeological itinerary is enriched by multimedia installations that guide the audience to discover the activities that took place in ancient Puteoli. You can visit the site in the days Saturday , Sunday and public holidays with entrance every hour from 9am to 12pm and from 13:30 to 16:30 . To access it will be necessary to book by phone from Monday to Sunday.
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1-2 hours
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,162 contributions
Aug 2021
The visit covers part of ancient Puteoli (in reality, Puteoli was extensive, think about where is now located the amphitheater (and there were two!), market, spas, forum, necropolis) visiting some ancient streets, workshops, even a bakery and the guide explains all the layers of civilizations developed in this district: Roman, Barbarian, Medieval, Spanish; canceling or modifying the previous and building over until the modern constructions.

Is probably that the ancient port was located here or nearby this area;
Puteoli was the most important Italic port until Ostia was inaugurated (because close to Rome). Saint Paul (the Apostle, the traveller) disembarked and stayed few days here (Acts of the Apostles 28,13) before heading to Rome.

The upper part looks desert and abandoned (in reality closed and off-limits) was evacuated since the 70’s because of a sudden bradyseism event (possible underwater eruption, there is a volcano underneath) so the authorities decided that was not safe to live there.

Is necessary to book the tour in order to access the area, at reasonable prices; don’t go to Pozzuoli only to see this, try to stay and visit other interesting Roman sites in the area.

P.S. the name of Rione Terra comes from the Middle Ages, sort of people from the sea calling to go to "ashore ward"
Written December 28, 2021
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Karina E
Littleton, CO33 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Rione Terra is a gem of a find for those interested in archeology and ruins in the area. Off the beaten path and lesser known which in part makes it so enjoyable. You can walk the high part of town with incredible views and immaculately restored buildings but the guide through the underground is the true experience and awareness of the rich history of this site. Well lit, restored underground gives a view all the way back to 200BC original Roman settlement. The guides are fantastic (only 5E)full of factual history and folklore which is still being passed down to the current generations. A must stop pre-Pompeii. There are also other ruins Anfiteatro and Serapide in walking distance. The town center just below for coffee or ice cream. This tour and this town will not disappoint and a welcome reprieve from touristy Naples.
Written September 30, 2021
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kgkjgkjg
Washington DC, DC173 contributions
Jul 2021
On their website you can reserve a guided tour that takes you underground to the ancient city. It was interesting, but not worth a trip all the way to Pozzuoli just for this. so try to time it so that the amphitheater (which you pass on the way to/from the train station) also is open
Written August 14, 2021
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Traveler T
Caserta, Italy290 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Hidden gem.
Narrow street will carry you in this ancient village.
Smelling history and art.
Impressive views on the Campania gulfs.
Written September 14, 2019
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lepantes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands32 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Completely empty neighbourhood where nobody lives and everything is closed. Staff at information desk speak rudimentary English. Church also closed. Tried to enter museum but guard did not stop reading his book. Most touristy come between 12 and 4, apparently whole pozzuoli closes between 12 and 4.
Written September 1, 2019
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Angela.Ellis
Shrewsbury, UK150 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This place is amazing! A mini underground Pompeii.
We tried to ring and email to book a tour but got no response. In the end our hotel booked it for us as they knew the owner.
Our tour cost 5 euro each and the guide was very knowledgeable. Fascinating place to visit,took about an hour. It was a little rushed and we would of liked more time to look around as the guide did not allow us to linger for long.
Written July 31, 2019
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jeremyd141
London, UK13 contributions
Sep 2018
Very interesting site that does not take long to visit compared to Pompeii or Herculaneum but worth it. Opening hours can be awkward so some advance planning is sensible
Written June 21, 2019
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Seasandzzz
Dawlish, UK77 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Recommended by our "Rough Guide to Naples". However the Tourist Information shop in Pozzuoli was closed with no opening times on window...but go up the hill to the big RED BUILDING just above where you can buy a ticket and have an English tour guide into this gem of a hidden part of city. Opening a door of a nearby building let us onto a Roman street!!!! Walking down and through you can see what would have been shops, shop windows, steps up and down, and even a bakery with standing corn/wheat grinding mill. Some of these streets you cannot to into as they are apparently still excavating it but its brilliant to see. Just think that when you look up from the port at Pozzuoli to see those dark grey derelict buildings, that inside and below them are these ancient Roman streets where people lived and walked ! Love it.
Written April 26, 2019
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Peter
1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Couples
This may be the best-kept secret in the Naples area. It's a city under a city under a city, which we found even more fascinating than our visit to Pompeii. This site is only open on weekends and holidays, and there were very few other tourists there when we took our tour. The excavation and restoration process was instigated by the late, former mayor of Pozzuoli, Salvatore Lubrano. The architect who is overseeing the restoration (which is on-going), has an incredible vision for this project. The tour itself is done in very small groups and offers incredible insight into the rich history of this area dating back to before Christ. Our tour guide, Francesca, who spoke English very well, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Rione Terra. The audio-visual aspects of this tour help convey a real sense of what life must have been like at the time. We highly recommend this tour
Written April 23, 2019
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JECTHK
Cork, Ireland9 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Pozzuoli is off ignored but really is a must-see when visiting Napoli or the Amalfi coast. So much to see and do.
The Rione Terra museum and tour encapsulates much if what is means for a town to live 2000 years in one of the most seismically active areas of the world.
Francesca led an English-apeaking tour, lasting 1 hour explaining to young and old about everything from daily Roman life to bradyseism!
Just go. JFM
Written November 19, 2018
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  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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