Attractions

Ruins in Campi Flegrei

Parco Archeologico di Cuma

Dating back to the 8th century BC, Cuma was the first Greek settlement on the Italian mainland. Its ruins are shrouded in ancient mythology: in Virgil's The Aeneid, the Antro della Sibilla Cumana (Cave of the Cumaea…
Ruins in Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli

Parco Archeologico di Baia

In Roman times, these 1st-century-BC ruins were part of a sprawling palace and spa complex. Emperors would entertain themselves and their guests in a series of lavishly decorated thermal baths that descended to the …
Lake in Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli

Lago d'Averno

In Virgil's Aeneid, it is from Lago d'Averno that Aeneas descends into the underworld. It's hard to imagine hell in such a bucolic setting, where old vineyards and citrus groves fringe the ancient crater. A popular …
Museum in Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli

Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei

This usually crowd-free museum occupies the commanding Castello di Baia, built in the late 15th century by the Aragonese as a defence against possible French invasion. Later enlarged by Spanish viceroy Don Pedro de …
Historic Site in Pozzuoli & Surrounds

Rione Terra

Rione Terra is Pozzuoli's oldest quarter and its ancient acropolis. The original 2nd-century-BC temple to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva was replaced by a temple to Augustus in the 1st century. The latter's marble column…
Ruins in Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli

Piscina Mirabilis

You'll need to book (by phone) at least two hours ahead to visit the world's largest Roman cistern, but it's well worth the effort to stand in this underrated ancient wonder. Bathed in an eerie light and featuring 4…
Ruins in Pozzuoli & Surrounds

Anfiteatro Flavio

Back in its ancient heyday, Italy's third-largest amphitheatre – desired by Nero, and completed by Vespasian from AD 69 to 79 – could hold over 20,000 spectators and was occasionally flooded for mock naval battles. …
Archaeological Site in Campi Flegrei

Grotta di Seiano

At the bottom of a long, steep and exhausting descent, the Grotta di Seiano isn't actually a cave but a 1st-century tunnel linking the Roman Villa Pausilypon to Pozzuoli. When the villa's owner Publio Vedio Pollione…
Beach in Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli

Spiaggia del Castello

Right below the Castello di Baia sits the wonderful Castle Beach. A sandy double-sided affair, it's only accessible by boat (adult/child return from €3/1.50) from a nearby jetty. To reach the jetty, catch the EAV bu…
Market in Pozzuoli & Surrounds

Mercato Ittico

Down by the port, Pozzuoli's atmospheric fish market is just the spot for an appetising morning stroll. Good weather brings in the best catches, with local staples including pesce azzurro (mackerel), pesce bandiera …