Grotta di Seiano

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Grotta di Seiano information

Campi Flegrei , Italy
Address
Street Discesa Coroglio 36
Telephone
+390 81 230 10 30
Getting there
bus 140 to Via Posillipo
Opening hours
Mon-Sat
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At the bottom of a long, steep and exhausting descent, the Grotta di Seiano is not, in fact, a cave but a 1st-century tunnel linking the Roman Villa Pausilypon to Pozzuoli. Ventilated by three air ducts opening onto the sea, it was dug out of the tufa rock by Cocceius, the same Roman engineer who built the Crypta Neapolitana in Parco Vergiliano . When the villa's owner Publio Vedio Pollione died in 15 BC, he bequeathed his clifftop pad to friend and emperor, Augustus.