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Pozzuoli and the Campi Flegrei

30 km.

public transportation:
bus or underground

average trip:
approx. 30 min.

How to get there

Pozzuoli is very well connected to Naples, both by road and rail. The railway TRENITALIA station, linked to the Naples Underground services, is particularly convenient for the Solfatara and Flavian Amphitheatre - the journey takes an average time of 40 minutes from Piazza Garibaldi. SEPSA operates the suburban Cumana railway from its Montesanto terminal in Naples to Pozzuoli, where are several stations in different parts of the city - on the seafront, at the port and along the coast as far as the beach at Lucrino. The journey time from Montesanto averages 20 to 30 minutes. The city’s various urban areas are connected to Naples by ANM bus service 152 and several routes operated by EAVBUS and CTP.

The UNICO tickets

To travel from Naples to Pozzuoli you will need to purchase an UNICOCAMPANIA U1 ticket.

A little history

Founded over 2500 years ago, Pozzuoli is the largest settlement in the Campi Flegrei (literally, the “fields of fire”). This is a vast area of volcanic activity, situated to the north-west of Naples, where today at least 24 craters and other volcanic structures can be seen, amongst them some that produce streams of hot gases (the Solfatara area) or hydrothermal springs (at Agnano, Pozzuoli and Lucrino), or exhibit the results of bradyseism (a phenomenon whose historic progress is famously recorded by the columns of the so-called ‘Temple of Serapis’ in Pozzuoli). The first eruptions, which created the fascinating landscapes of this region, occurred more than 35,000 years ago; the most recent, dared 1538, formed Monte Nuovo, Europe’s newest and youngest volcano. Together its lakes, seas, gulfs and bays, coves, headlands, promontories and islands, rocks, hills and pine forests, sulphurous clouds and thermal springs make this tormented and bewitching land an unique place. A breathtaking view unfolds from up in the oldest part of the city (the ‘Rione Terra’), the islands of Procida and Vivara, and Ischia beyond; to the south the outline of Capri, then the promontory of Posillipo and Nisida; and, behind them, the Sorrentine peninsula. There are many monuments worth visiting: from the ‘Temple of Serapis’ to the Flavian Amphitheatre; from the Acropolis at Cuma to the Grotta della Sibilla, by Lake Averno.

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