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Cumae Archaeological Park
- Cumae Archaeological Park
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Greece
- 1000BC - 501BC
- Lido di Liccola
- Flavian Amphitheatre,
about Cumae Archaeological Park
Cumae Archaeological Park in Pozzuoli houses a series of ancient ruins and artefacts and is thought to have been inhabited as far back as the Iron Age.
Cumae itself was a settlement established by Greek colonists in the eighth century BC. Sacked by the Oscans in the fifth century BC and incorporated into the Roman Empire in the fourth century BC, Cumae’s sites are mostly Roman, but there are several Greek ones as well.
The most celebrated site at Cumae Archaeological Park is Sybil’s Cave or ‘Antro della Sibilla’. This atmospheric cave was built in two phases, the first in the fourth century BC, the second in the late first century BC or early AD.
Named after the Cumaean priestess who, according to Virgil's Aeneid, is said to have prophesized to the Trojan Aeneas prior to his entry into the underworld, the exact purpose of Sybil’s Cave is yet to be decided upon, but it was most likely a defensive structure. It also served as a Christian burial site. Whatever its original use, this atmospheric trapezoidal tunnel is fascinating.
Other sites at Cumae Archaeological Park include the fifth century acropolis walls, a second century BC amphitheatre, a forum, several temples, such as the Temples of Jupiter and Apollo, and a second century AD public baths complex.
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Address: Via Monte di Cuma, 80078 Pozzuoli
Phone: +39 081 8543060
Cumae Archaeological Park is located in Pozzuoli, 20km west of Naples along Tangenziale di Napoli (exit 13 then along Via Domitiana). There are buses and trains from Naples to Cuma (ask your hotel).
Cumae Archaeological Park is open daily, 9am-1hr before sunset. Closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec. Entry costs €2.50. Combined tickets for numerous sites also available. Online bookings at http://www.pierreci.it/.
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