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Piscina Mirabilis - Miseno

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Piscina Mirabilis - Miseno

326 Reviews
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Via Piscina Mirabile, 80070, Bacoli Italy
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The flagship of the Samnites, Greeks and Romans, the Campi Flegrei area was also very appreciated by all the rulers of the following periods: from the Angioini to the Aragonese, passing through the Spanish Viceroyalty to the Bourbon House.<br><br>This experience has been consciously designed to allow you to visit what is considered one of the most impressive volcanic areas in the world. We will sail early in the morning on a comfortable rubber dinghy, immediately reaching the ancient port of Pozzuoli where we will disembark to visit the glorious Temple of Serapis.<br><br>After this brief stop we will continue sailing in the Gulf of Pozzuoli to reach, first the characteristic port of Baia and, then, the Pennata di Bacoli island where we will drop anchor to allow you to bathe in an enchanting place and thanks to our equipment for snorkeling and the SUP board you can admire and swim in an exclusive seabed full of testimonies and historical finds.<br>
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Arizonapopi1 wrote a review Sep 2020
Florence, Italy730 contributions216 helpful votes
Easy to walk around once inside. There appears to be a lift to help get down the stairs but maybe you check first. The Piscina Mirabilis was one of the largest ancient cisterns with a capacity of (440,000 cu ft). It was supported by vaulted ceilings and a total of 48 pillars. It was thought to be situated there in order to provide the Roman western imperial fleet with drinking water but this is unlikely, as the Roman fleet did not need the cistern. The ancient cistern is currently in private hands, but it may be visited by the public by appointment with a small fee. For comparison the cistern in Istanbul Turkey has a capacity of 2,800,000 cu ft.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Katalin V wrote a review Oct 2019
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Closes at 15.15,but you can only find it out right there. Incorrect information everywhere. So we missed this.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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G_loop wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom11 contributions18 helpful votes
Amazing Roman Acqueduct almost intact, definitely worth a visit! The access can be a little tricky as to gain entry you will have to call the warden that lives down the road in order to open the gate. But once you are in you won't be disappointed, exceptional structure and magic atmosphere.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Claudia M wrote a review Apr 2019
Madrid, Spain77 contributions144 helpful votes
I was really keen on seeing this place so I asked the owner of my B&B to make an appointment for me. It was confirmed for the next day at 14:45, I was there at 14:30. I waited until 15:20 but nobody showed up to open. My host called the next morning to complain and they had the guts to say they waited and that there were even other people. The only other people there were the locals passing me in their cars... I was wearing a bright red jacket and was the only one standing around there, impossible to miss. If you don't feel like showing the place don't offer it! This is the world's biggest antique water reservoir. If you want to give it a try, I suggest you go to Pozzuoli by train (take metro line 2, in Pozzuoli visit the anfitheatre) and take an EAV bus with the direction Monte di Procida. The stop in Pozzuoli is right on your right when you get to the main road after exiting the train station. The bus goes every half an hour and takes 25 min to Bacoli, get off at the junction with Via Roma, then walk up to the Piscina. I would not recommend walking up all the way from Baia (ruins of thermal baths), it's 4km uphill on a busy road without sidewalks. Details to make an appointment here: archoflegrei.it
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Date of experience: April 2019
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St0chastic wrote a review Oct 2018
Bath, United Kingdom84 contributions52 helpful votes
A giant water storage cistern dating back to Roman times, that feels more like a cathedral. It's a huge, intriguing, cool space hidden away in the hill. Great pillars of stone, textured with the minerals from the water that was stored here, support a vast roof. The space isn't completely dark - there are holes in the roof where buckets were lowered down into the water, apparently, and roots hang down into the void below. We had a guide to tell us about the space - without it there's not much interpretation. The stairs into the chamber are very steep, but I wouldn't have wanted to miss this fascinating window onto the past.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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