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Pozzuoli is a charming city and commune in Italy, located more exactly within the region of Campania, in the province of Naples, being the main city of the Phelgrean peninsula at the same time. The history of Pozzuoli goes back to the Greek times, when it was named Dicaerchia. After being established as a Roman colony in 194 BC, Pozzuoli began to develop and has registered a significant growth throughout the years. According to the 2009 census, Pozzuoli has a total population of 83,398 residents and spans on a total area of 17 square miles (43 sq km). Pozzuoli is a great provider of cultural and recreational opportunities that you will definitely enjoy when coming here.
Top Attractions within Pozzuoli
The Macellum of Pozzuoli, also known as the Temple of Serapis, is considered to be the most important and representative landmark of Pozzuoli. The temple was originally a marketplace, but it derives its name from the statue of the god Serapis that was found in 1750 on this site. There are three majestic columns you can see here, which are proof of the Roman rule over the city.
The Flavian Amphitheater is also a Roman ruin in Pozzuoli, being actually the third largest amphitheater in Italy, topped only by the Colosseum and the Capuan Amphitheater.
Solfatara is a shallow volcanic crater with active fumaroles, meaning that it still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes, even though it is dormant. The crater floor is a popular tourist attraction, as it has many mud pools and fumerols.
Lake Avernus is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located just a couple of miles from Pozzuoli, near the volcanic field known as the Campi Flegrei. The Romans considered the lake as very important and regarded it as the entrance to Hades. Lake Lucrino is located nearby. Also nearby you can visit the Temple of Apollo, Cocceius' Grotto (a gallery carved by the Romans), and the Grotto of the Cumaean Sibyl.