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Parco Vergiliano is a public park in Naples, southern Italy. It is located directly across from the Mergellina railway station and in back of the church of Santa Maria di Piedigrotta.To visit Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta and other attractions in Naples, use our Naples trip app .
It is a relatively small space and easy to overlook. The site is a monument tribute to the poet Virgil, and a plaque claims that the site is the final resting place of the poet. The site is at the eastern opening of the so-called "Neapolitan Crypt," an ancient Roman tunnel that led through the Posillipo hill to connect to a major road leading north to Rome, itself. Legend says that the poet—also renowned as a sorcerer—called the tunnel into existence by his powers. The tunnel was probably the work of Lucius Cocceus Auctus, the Roman engineer who built the nearby Seiano Grotto and many of the fortifications of the Roman Imperial Port in Baia. Parco Virgiliano also contains the authenticated tomb of a more recent poet, Giacomo Leopardi, who died in Naples in 1837.
The "Neapolitan Crypt" is also called, generically, a "grotta" and is the reference in various place names in the area such as Piedigrotta and Fuorigrotta . The tunnel, though ancient, was kept up and even expanded in recent centuries and remained in sporadic use until quite late, until superseded by two nearby modern vehicular tunnels around 1900.
Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta Reviews
Essendo in vacanza a Napoli, volevo vedere la tomba di Virgilio e quella di Leopardi, per cui ho preso il treno per recarmi a questo parco, circa verso le 15. Avevo controllato su Internet e avrebbe d... more »Being on holiday in Naples, I wanted to see Virgil's tomb and Leopardi's, so I took the train to this park, about 3 p.m. I checked the Internet and it was supposed to close at 7:00. When I got there, I found an eloquent sign in DATA TODAY THE PARK CHIUDE TO ORE... with the rest of the ticket torn that makes me doubt that the caretaker uses it daily to open and close as he pleases. A real indecency and a tease for tourists who go specially there. To be avoided.
...perchè meriterebbe una migliore manutenzione ed una maggiore pulizia. La famosa Crypta Neapolitana è chiusa (pare da tempo immemorabile). more »... because it deserves better maintenance and better cleaning. The famous Crypta Neapolitana is closed (it seems from time immemorial).
Ci sono stata domenica 30 giugno, davvero non riesco a comprendere chi ha scritto nelle recensioni che il parco era ben tenuto, io ho trovato erbacce ovunque, la tomba di Virgilio completamente copert... more »I was there on Sunday 30 June, I really can't understand who wrote in the reviews that the park was well maintained, I found weeds everywhere, Virgil's tomb completely covered by the Canadian vine, the avenues full of weeds a fountain without water and all dirty, many signs that should explain, the various plants but in that throes of grass it is impossible to recognize one plant on the other, the Closed Neapolitan Crypta, on the other hand many signs of cultural heritage. It would be better to charge a ticket rather than present an abandoned place like this
This is beautiful place , we shoot our pre wedding photos there, trees , flowers and histrical buldings
Nice to be there
Closed on Tuesday, not written on the website
Very nice place
Very amazing skyline
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