Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta, Naples

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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.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though ancient, was kept up and even expanded in recent centuries and remained in sporadic use until quite late, until superseded by two nearby modern vehicular tunnels around 1900.
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  • I discovered this park randomly, not being well known, which I find absurd! Should fall in stages to visit, as it is home to the tombs and engravings of great historical interest. Unfortunately it is somewhat abandoned and neglected. I find it absurd! Yet another heritage left to himself!!
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  • We were passing by and stopped to take a walk with the kids ... The Park is neglected, abandoned and there is very little rides for toddlers.
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  • One of the nicest things about Naples! There are the tombs of Virgil and Leopards, would keep it better. It's funny the irrigation system that points the cement and not the grass ... the Park is only open in the mornings
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  • Very nice place
  • Very amazing skyline
  • Very Nice views, worth the visit. Entry is free.
  • A small park almost hidden behind the Church of Piedigrotta, where lie the remains of two immense poets, Virgil and leopards. Needless to say, the atmosphere is magical and during the spring, is a riot of flowers and colors. Pity that Virgil's tomb is still not accessible due to work, and this for a long time! If you could visit, 5 stars would not. Last thing: the Park is absolutely free and the view from the top is breathtaking, absolutely worth seeing it!
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  • Mantua me genuit, tenet nunc parthenope, Virgil's Tomb epitaph to me Piedigrotta. Naples venerated in the middle ages, Virgil, which attributed magical powers indeed so did Dante. Virgilio intimate of Caius Maecenas suggereì seems to open a gap in the Posillipo Hill that put into communication Bay and Naples, was made by Cocceius, and the cave can be visited in the Park. Vergil is known for the history of the egg under the eponymous Castle and other amultei that would spread to Naples to protect her, from this comes the story of Virgil Wizard. The Park breathes an atmosphere of magic and it makes ancoora more attractive to preserve the tomb of Leopardi, flowers, with references to the georgics and the Aeneid sleep scattered in flower beds in the Park.
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