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Piscina Mirabilis - Miseno, Bacoli

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  • When I saw it I understood why Petrarch called it wonderful, light, pillars, an ancient world rediscovered. Weak point: a large part is closed by barriers and history should be indicated more clearly, visibility, through images than it was in the past ... I mean exploited!
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  • It really is all very nice and impressive, requires the assistance of a specialized tourist guide as if you don't know the particular details you can't comprehend the wonders of this place. I don't put 5 * because it would not only handled better but especially should know all this place so ancient and rich in history. Very pretty even the vineyard nearby, with agricultural products and nothing short of exquisite.
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  • It is an enormous quadrangular cistern excavated in the Tuff, culmination of the aqueduct of Serino, built during the Augustan period for supply of water the military base and the city of Miseno. It is surmounted by a barrel ceiling, supported by 48 pillars arranged in four to 12. This is a real feast for the eyes and it's really unthinkable that is closed: to visit it, you call a keeper that reaches to open the site ... I would prefer that there was a fixed contribution which would not have to feel "obliged" to the custodian who kindly come and open and who acts as a guide ...
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  • The opening hours vary at the grace of some lady you have to call when you get there. Even if all the information said 18h online, it was suddenly closed at 16h when we got there at 1623 (last entry at 16h, exit by 17h). There were even other people there who also thought it closed at 18h, but they still wouldn't let us in until 17h even if we walked for an hour to get there. Pro tip: don't walk for an hour in the sun to see a cool archaeological site when it is run by people who can't put useful info about opening hours online. Really bad experience. Not "coming back tomorrow" as we were told on the phone.
  • Amazing Roman cistern. A brilliant site at which to witness the engineering genius of the Romans.
  • This place is really incredible! Just think about how old it is and how is preserved in 2000 years. It's also unique how to enter there, I remember to ring at the door of a kind old woman who has the key for the gate, actually this was few years ago, hope it's changed in better, but it's a kind of an experience. Even if it's far from the usual travel place it's acrwal gem, worth the visit!
  • An amazing part of Roman history. It is massive and leaves a lasting impression.
  • Piscina Mirabilis to the gaze of those entering a void, as deep as a three story building, invaded by a forest of masts, underpinning arches and vaults. The light rains down from above, before faintly then when the view gets used to different brightness. Forty-eight stone cruciform piers divide the space carved into the stone in longitudinal and transverse thirteen five aisles. The two long sides, outer aisles, are covered with longitudinal barrel vaults; on the other three, Interior, vaulted ceilings are arranged transversally, with stabilizing effect of the entire structure. The floor of the nave is lowered by about a metre and a half so that it forms a us tank, for the settling and removal of debris after emptying. The action of time in several places has scarified the wall surfaces and place to view the texture more composite layers: the excavation in Tuff, "tufelli" squared, the grid of the opus reticolatum, plaster and floor in Opus signinum. Walking between the piers, under the arches and vaults pierced by the light you can lose orientation for a moment and wander in every direction, feeling like I was transported into a dream-like dimension. The great sized frames are repeated obsessively, the light is unreal, sounds, noises, voices are clearly seen on the walls and ceilings, ancient plaster-coated raincoats in Opus signinum, producing echoes constantly changing deaf space perception. The old structure, a tanker built during the Augustan period probably because of the drinking water supply of the Roman fleet stationed in the nearby port of Misenum, spanning more than seventy meters for over twenty-five wide, could hold several thousand cubic meters of water from distant sources of Serino, a hundred kilometers. Sold out its original function the artefact became centuries after usable, habitable. Today we move in this space, the cross, as did only its builders (and of course the maintainers), before the volume was filled by water.
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