Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
Top Attractions in Pozzuoli
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- Pozzouli is a gem of a place and the Rione Terra is the brightest gem we encountered. We booked a tour in English for the two of us, which was easily done on their web site, and received confirmation the next day.
We really didn’t know much about the site other than it was an “underground tour” which sounded interesting, but we discovered there was much more to it.
The location of the site is breathtaking. It is located on a height right on the shore overlooking the rest of the city. It was the site of a Roman settlement that Included a temple and villas. Overtime the area was built over and a modern city arose, yet the ruins lay underneath revealed in the 1980s when the site was evacuated due to seismic activity. What you will see is a vast area of excavated Roman ruins lying underneath the refurbished structures above.
Our guide, Dominico, spoke good English and gave us an interesting tour. Because so few people outside of Italy seem to know about this place we had an impromptu private tour for a grand total of 10 Euros!
Pozzouli is only a 30 minute train ride north of Naples from Montesano station on the Cuma train. It’s a nice place to stay, relaxed, insanely scenic, and much cheaper than Naples or areas south of Naples. And the people there are so very nice, kind and accepting of tourists.Written May 29, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Flavian Amphitheater is the 3rd largest amphitheater in Italy! It could accommodate 40,000 spectators!
Built in bricks and stones, it has kept its enclosures, its entrances and, above all, the underground passages (wings, housing for machinery) practically intact !!! We learnt that, in 305 AD, seven Christians were condemned to be torn to pieces by wild beasts in the arena.Written May 11, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- With its 700 meters in diameter, the Solfatara is an active crater, which was born from a huge phreato-magmatic explosion that took place only 4000 years ago. We learnt that the Solfatara is the most active area of a group of volcanoes which make up what we call the Phlegraean Fields!!!
Access to the Solfatare takes place at the entrance to the Solfatare campsite!
We visited the crater, whose landscapes are lunar and spectacular. We were amazed by the powerful sulfur vapors gushing out at over 160° C (be careful not to bring your hands too close or else burns !!!).
We also saw the ovens, two ancient caves dug at the end of the 19th century in the crater wall, to make natural sudatoriums.Written May 11, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Baia was a Roman seaside samll town, which was appreciated by aristocrats of the Naples area for its spa establishment
In the Archaeological Park of Baia, we saw the remains of patrician residences and thermal establishments, which were built in the 2nd century. Before JC. We have learned that the phenomena of bradyseism resulted in slow engulfing of piers, villas and buildings between the 3rd and 5th centuries after JC.
We visited discovered this archaeological complex, which is divided into 5 sectors: the Complexe des Terrasses or the Ambulatio, the Thermes de Mercure (which is a large thermal room with a domed roof), the Lower Thermes, the Thermes de Sosandre and the Baths of Venus.
It was an interesting visit!
We were amazed to see a fig tree growing upside down, from the vault of a Roman remains. It was the highlight of the visit!!!Written May 11, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We got here by bus from Fusaro station. Took a while to find the bus stop, and the tobacconist who was selling tickets could not tell us when the bus would be running. Luckily we did not have to wait long, but the bus has no number or destination at the front, so you just have to stick your hand out when something looking like a little bus comes along. There is an entrance gate into Cumae right next to the bus stop, but this is closed as is the one a bit further up the hill, but just keep going and you finally come to the entrance. We loved the site, especially Sybilla's cave, but it is worth climbing to the very top to the Temple of Jupiter. Stunning views along the coast as you walk around. Next to the bus stop there is a lovely little bar whose owner will alert you when the bus is coming.Written October 5, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Simply stunning underground archeology. The history of this area is just mind blowing. The cathedral is one of the wonders of the world.Written March 19, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Impressive site, originally thought to be a temple, but now confirmed as a market-place ..... or is it the other way round? ;-) You can see all there is to see from the street, so it's really not worth paying the extra 4 euros to actually go in.Written April 19, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The cave is not the most interesting part of the site and it probably was not the site of the Sibyl's cave. However, it is one of a number of interesting structures - including tunnels - that were built so long ago and are unlike others of their time. What was their true use?Written June 25, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Such a beautiful park. I don’t understand why I have to write a minimum of 100 all I wanna say is it’s beautiful! 😄😄Written November 8, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A really lovely place for a nature walk (once you head up the steps to the right of the entrance gate). A fascinating history as well - formed in 1538 from a volcanic eruption, it is 'Europe's newest mountain' (we visited on its birthday!)
There is a more 'everyday' horizontal path that is nevertheless good for an amble with an ice-cream, equipped with picnic benches and the occasional bunch of yoofs, but the real deal is off up the steps: Following the main path, you suddenly find that what looks like an innocuous hill in fact has a breath-taking steep-sided (inaccessible I think) crater. We must have spotted at least half a dozen different butterfly species, plus innumerable lizards, moths, ants and birds - and this was on a cloudy day in early October!
My only criticism is that there could be better-marked routes and some 'TLC' is definitely required to the signs that do exist. Around the entrance there are informative boards about its geology and history, with QR codes linking to further information online - it looks like it was set up with great intentions and vision, but sadly it is all a bit tatty now. Truly deserves a generous makeover, and perhaps more info on the wildlife to be found here, for visiting foreign nature-lovers!Written October 25, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The location offers beautiful views, by day or night. Many cafe and restaurant to choose from, sure you will find your and a good spot for people watchinyWritten April 16, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pozzuoli
- The best day trips from Pozzuoli according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Exciting e-bike ride in the heart of Naples
- Pompeii Tour and Baia Snorkeling Underwater Private Tour
- Phlegrean Fields highlights with lunch
- Naples: Temple of Serapis, Flavian Amphitheater, Aragonese Castle of Baia (8 hours)
- Phlegrean Fields Tour