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“It's Hot as Hell...oh wait”
Review of Vulcano Solfatara

Vulcano Solfatara
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$50.52*
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Transfer from Naples to Volcano Solfatara with Entrance Ticket
Ranked #2 of 58 things to do in Pozzuoli
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Owner description: The Romans already knew the Solfatara since Imperial times. Strabone (66 B.C. -24 A.C.) gives the most ancient written testimony coming to us in his “Strabonis geographica”, indicating it with the name “Forum Vulcani”, dwelling of the god Volcano, entrance to Hades. The Solfatara opens up officially to visitors in the year 1900, although it was since time immemorial destination for its renown volcanic phenomena, for the therapeutic properties of the sulfurous waters and for the hot saunas; it was in fact included among the forty most famous thermae of the Phlegreaen Fields since the Middle Ages.
Reviewed December 6, 2013

I suspect that if I wasn't such a big Classics buff, I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much. But seeing as I am...the entrance to Hades was great! Odysseus would have had quite a hike from his boat up to the phlegrean fields. And imagining that trek with a goat in tow - dead and blind Tiresias wasn't going to give him directions home w/out a token of course - I'm appreciative that I live in an era of taxis ;-)

Make sure you take the path on the right early on so you get the panoramic view of the crater. Its a dead end once you're up there, but the perspective definitely adds something, as does the lush green contrast to the dead, dry center.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Mother nature at it's best. A wonderful place to visit. At first I didn't think it was fair the entrance fee (~7€, and i believe that in the morning it's less) but afterwords totally worth it.
It's a very calm and pleasant escape from the city of Naples, and then in the crater you are in awe to the different kind of natural beauty.
Boiling mud/water, witch noise is creepy to listen, smoke coming out of the ground everywhere and there ground feels and sounds hollow! A the massive big fumaroles which you can walk right up to! Be completely immerse in the vapor (eggy smell), witch seems to have quite a few therapeutic benefits.
A very worthy display of mother nature, no doubt.

Thank SSMorais
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

First off, if you're travelling on public transport with very little Italian, La Solfatara is quite hard to find! Get the Metropolitana to Pozzuoli, walk uphill, and keep asking! A bonus was the newly-excavated Roman remains under the new bridge, just before you get to your destination, definitely worth a photo-stop.

I dunno about Yellowstone or Rotorua because I've never been, but La Solfatara is an impressively-scary place. You can walk right up to the most vicious of the fumaroles and scare yourself half to death if you want to (I did!). The ground is so hot underfoot in places that you'll jump out of the way. The bubbling mud is sinister in the extreme. The smell, and sight, of sulphur is all-pervading. You have to keep telling yourself that this is totally natural and not a show put on for tourists. This is not a beautiful place, positively lunar in fact, but it is compellingly sinister and edgy. They say it's a dormant volcano, but there is a real feeling of hissing menace in the air near those fumaroles.

By the way, the little cafe just outside the entrance is excellent for an inexpensive bite and a coffee.

I wouldn't have missed this for the world.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

They charge 7 Euro for adults, 4.5 Euro for kids, and it is not easy to get to. There really is very little to see, although there's a lot to smell... If you've been to Yellowstone, don't waste your time. If you've not been to Yellowstone - well, don't waste your time either...

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Bubbling mud pit, steam vents, molten sulphur, hollow crust that echoes when walked over. Access to a live volcano, significantly better than the cesspit that is the largest crime ridden slum in Europe (Naples).

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