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    Solfatara entrance
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    Bubbling mud pool
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    The Bocca Grande: the largest fumarole
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    The Amphitheater Has Subterranean Storage Areas

    by hquittner Written Aug 25, 2015

    The Arena is 72x 42m and is raised above ground level. Below ground level are the substructures that contain the cages for wild beasts and areas for creating scaffolding for gladiator flights. The arena was even flooded to allow for mock naval battles.

    View Of Three Levels of Seating Subterranean Level For Wild Animals A Lower Level View Only Fragment Of Statue Not In a Museum High Ceiling in Lower Chamber
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    We Discover Water Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese

    by hquittner Written Aug 24, 2015

    At dinner on our first evening our waiter demanded that we follow our main course with a plate of water buffalo mozzarella cheese made just south of Naples. We were hooked and we have eaten it with ripe tomato and slathered with fine olive oil and good local vinegar. In the US we can now get imported fresh mozzarella but rarely the water buffalo type. We eat when ever we can.

    Ancient Roman Jugs
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    Solfatara Is A Semi-extinct Volcano

    by hquittner Written Aug 20, 2015

    Solfatara is a large crater surrounded by hills of tufa. Inside the crater the underlying crust s have many fissures through which jets of steam issue. Scattered around the crater there are pools of boiling water and mud similar to places in Yellowstone Park, but there are no geysers. Guides will sometimes cause flames to emit from the fumaroles to the delight of the tourists.

    The Solfatara The Wide Crater A Boiling Pool
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    Visit the Lake Avernus. 4 km From Pozzuoli

    by hquittner Written Aug 17, 2015

    Lake Avernus is a crater lake which is 8km around.and is 40m deep.This is in contrast to another lake next to the seashore. Lake Lucrino where the oysters were harvested. Lake Avernus was claimed to be the entrance to Hades. In Roman times a canal was built from the lake to the sea.

    Lake Avernus Lake Avernus Once Malarial Swamps
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    The Serapeum At The Waterfront

    by hquittner Updated Aug 15, 2015

    There is a park at the edge of the harbor that contains a Roman market ( a mycelium). It is on sunken ground which exhibits the phenomenon called bradysyseism where the crost of the earth is moving up and down.

    Bradyseismic Activity
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    The Fumaroles of Solfatara di Pozzuoli

    by hquittner Written Aug 15, 2015

    One mile east of Pozzuoli are the Flegrian Fields which are still bubbling hot sulfurous materials, some above the boiiing point. Scattered over more than a square mile, the guides may light fires from some of the vents, This is now considered as semi volcanic and it is clear that the ground underfoot is hollow and hot.

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    Find the 'Temple' of Serapis

    by leics Written Oct 22, 2011

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    Actually, it's fairly easy to find. If you arrive on the Metro, just turn right, turn right again when you reach the main road (Via Solfatar) and keep walking downhill. You will eventually come to the lower part of the town and the' temple' is pretty obvious.

    If you arrive on the Cumana it's even easier to find; just walk north along Via Pergolesi.

    The site is not really a temple at all, although its original excavators thought that the sculpture of the god Serapis meant it was., It was actually a covered macellum, a market place, and the circular structure in the centre was for selling fish. Nor nearly as romantic as a temple site!

    As the whole area is continually (albeit slowly) rising and falling as a result of bradyseism, the site was underwater for several centuries (hence the mollusc-created holes in the three large pillars) and it still prone to flooding.

    It's still a pretty impressive site though, and you can get good views from the overpass part of Via Pergolesi. The site opens erratically, so you might be able to get a close look if you are lucky (I wasn't).

    Address: Via Sacchini

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macellum_of_Pozzuoli

    'Temple' of Serapis Mollusc damage from when the site was underwater
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    Visit Anfiteatro Flavio

    by leics Written Oct 22, 2011

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    I wish I'd been able to visit the amphitheatre, but it is closed on Tuesdays.

    It is a huge and magnificent structure, seating up to 20 000 people and once the third largest in all Italy.

    Although you cannot visit the seating area itself you can visit the underground chambers which housed the gladiators pre-performance, and the wild beats they killed (or which killed them). There are some lovely bits of carved masonry around the exterior, visible from the road; they come from the various buildings, temples and shrines which once stood in the vicinity of the amphitheatre.

    Open every day except Tuesday, and 25th December, 1st January and 1st May from 0830 until one hour before dusk. Tickets cost 4 euro according to

    http://www.campaniabeniculturali.it/luoghi-della-cultura/anfiteatro-flavio?searchterm=anfiteatro+flavio

    but be prepared for an increase. Italian official websites are not always kept up-to-date.

    Address: Via Nicola Terracciano

    Directions: Turn right when you leave the Metro station, then right again once you meet Via Solfatara. The amphitheatre is on your right, maybe a hundred metres away. Keep following the road round to find the entrance.

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavian_Amphitheater_(Pozzuoli)

    Amphitheatre exterior Stone blocks and brickwork Architectural remains Amphorae and amphitheatre The entrance building
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    Visit the Solfatara

    by leics Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    A wonderful experience if, like me, you have no experience of a volcanic landscape.

    The Solfatara is part of the Campi Flegrei, the whole volcanic landscape of this little promontory on the Bay of Naples. Although supposedly inactive it nevertheless has many fumaroles, through which superheated gases are belched..and a pool of gently bubbling mud in its centre.

    The Romans thought it was the gates of Hell, but still used it for its health-giving spa properties. There was a spa here right up to the 1800s: you enter through what remains of its landscaped gardens.

    As well as the main fumaroles you can see the well which was used from Medieval times as a source of mineral water (good for curing sterility and ulcers, apparently), evidence of past mining for alum and lime and the Stufe Antiche, brick-built boxes dating from the 1800s which provide a sort of natural sauna.

    O..and apparently the fumes from the Solfatara are a natural Viagra. At least, that's what the local male population likes to believe, as evidenced by a large noticeboard showing a newspaper report of a scientific study which suggested that local fertility is very high. :-)

    It's well worth visiting the Solfatara and, I think, may offer a more exciting 'volcanic experience' than Vesuvius itself...it's too quiet, at the moment and too busy with visitors. The Solfatara was more or less empty when I visited in mid-October, although the campsite inside the crater may well be busy in season (with people who are happy to live with the smell of rotten eggs, presumably?).

    Entrance in October 2011 as 6 euro..and worth every cent, imo. There's a small bar/restaurant and toilets on site.

    Opern every day from around 0830 until one hour before dusk.

    Address: Via Solfatara 61

    Directions: Leave the Metro station and turn right. Walk to the main road (Via Solfatara) and walk up the hill. After about 10-15 minutes you'll come to the Solfatara, on your left.

    Phone: +39 0815262341 +39 0815267413

    Website: http://www.solfatara.it/vulcano/en/index.php

    Solfatara entrance Bubbling mud pool The Bocca Grande: the largest fumarole Sulphur on the walls of the Stufe Antiche Crater, fumaroles and rocks
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    The Solfatara

    by biggeorge Written Jan 27, 2004

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    The sulphur fields outside Pozzuoli are part of the classical Phlegraean fields ,which are basically shallow volcanic craters that emit large amounts of natural suphur. Consequently the place stinks of rotten eggs which is suppose to be healthy? as there's a campsite nearby.

    If you hire a guide they demonstrate the fact that you are wandering on a thin layer of earth over a giant subterreanean cavern by dropping a rock so you can hear the rumbling echo and lighting a copy of the Correiela della Sport which ignites a jet of flame when held close to the ground.

    Directions: North of the town centre

    Shallow Volcanic Crater

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    The Third Largest Amphitheater of Ancient Time

    by hquittner Updated Aug 17, 2015

    One enters the amphitheater from under the outer walls and can see the deeper cage areas all around..It is the third largest amphitheater of ancient times.The Amphitheater

    The Amphitheater Entering the Amphitheater
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    Flegrei

    by xristos83 Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Pozzuoli is a volcanic area with sulfur vents and hot springs. The Roman emperors used to come here to relax and take care of their health.

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