Tourist attractions Pozzuoli

The main attractions of Pozzuoli date back to Roman times. The area where the city is located has suffered greatly from subsidence due to the emptying of underground spaces where the magma was located. This is especially true for the oldest district of the city, the rione Terra, which was uninhabitable for more than 20 years.

Tourist attractions Pozzuoli

Rione Terra

The rione Terra is the oldest part of the city. In 1970, the entire district was evacuated as it was in great danger of collapsing due to a volcanic phenomenon called Bradyseism. From the beginning of the 90’s, the rione Terra, including the many Roman remains that can be seen there, can be visited again.


Amphitheater

Amphitheater Pozzuoli
Anfiteatro Flavio

The Amphitheater of Pozzuoli was one of the largest of its kind in Italy. The actual name of this well-preserved amphitheater, like that of the Colosseum in Rome, is the Anfiteatro Flavio. It was also made with the same materials and by the same architects. It was the third largest amphitheater in Italy.


Solfatara

Solfatara Pozzuoli
Solfatara

The Solfatara is a volcanic crater that is now inactive, but still has many solfatars named after the volcano itself. These are hot springs that are distinguished from other fumaroles by the fact that sulfurous gas comes out of them. The surrounding rocks have a yellow color because of the fumes escaping from this former Forum Vulcani.


Macellum (Temple of Serapis)

Macellum Temple of Serapis Pozzuoli
Temple of Serapis

The Temple of Serapis is the only remnant of what was once the largest food market near the port of Pozzuoli. A second, more correct, name by which it is known is therefore Macellum. Like the rest of the area, this temple that was never actually a temple has suffered from Bradyism (a phenomenon in which the surface sinks or is pushed up by the emptying or filling of an underground magma chamber).


Temple of Augustus and San Procolo Cathedral

Temple of Augustus Pozzuoli
Temple of Augustus

The Temple of Augustus is located beneath the San Procolo Cathedral of Pozzuoli. Ale in Roman times this temple was used as a church. After being closed for fifty years, the San Procolo reopened in 2014.

Lake Averna & Lake Lucrino

Lake Averno and Lake Lucrino are two lakes of volcanic origin. On a walk around Lago Averno, one passes the remains of the Temple of Apollo.

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