Pozzuoli is a city that is very close to Naples. You can get there taking the subway, precisely line 2 of Naples Metro – if you need to know more about Naples Metro, read the BookingNaplesFree Guide about it!
Pozzuoli offers many ideas on the history of civilization. In fact, this city has been inhabited since 531 BC. Among the most important attractions to visit the numerous archaeological sites that show Roman ruins standout.
The Macellum is the temple made in honour of an Egyptian god dating back to the 1-2 century b.C. The Pozzuolicathedral stands on the ruins of what was once a temple dedicated to the Roman king Augustus.
Everything in this city is full of historical importance: mausoleums, columbaria and hypogea constitute a real necropolis that from via Celle continues almost to another nearby municipality, Quarto.
Pozzuoli offers the occasion to visit several amphitheatres. For example, the Flavio one, built for Nerone, is where you can admire the walls in opus reticulatum, a typical technique of the time.
The minor antitheater is an example of ancient Roman construction of which only some ruins are still there, today. It is still possible to see what remains of the ancient road and some arcades.
Since 2008 it is also possible to visit the Antonino Pio stadium that was another Roman emperor. It is the only example of this kind of architecture in Italy.
Those who prefer to visit the natural areas of Pozzuoli can choose between two lakes: the Averno lake, considered by ancient populations as a gateway to the underworld because of the smells of the sulfuric, and Lucrino Lake, anciently used for fish farmingbut that today is only a natural area. Near this lake you can also visit what remains of the Nerone heater, an ancient Roman bath.
For those who are looking for modern architecture, a place to visit is the Olivettiresidential complex, commissioned by president of the famous company and built by the Neapolitan architect Luigi Cosenza.
All the places considered are reachable by metro line 2 or with the Cumana, a local train. Plus: from Pozzuoli it is very easy to reach the islands of the Gulf of Naples: Ischia, Procida and Capri.