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Cumae (Cuma), Pozzuoli

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Cumae was an ancient city of Magna Graecia on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded by settlers from Euboea in the 8th century BC, Cumae was the first Greek colony on the mainland of Italy and the seat of the Cumaean Sibyl. The ruins of the city lie near the modern village of Cuma, a frazione of the comune Bacoli in the Province of Naples, Campania, Italy.MythologyCumae is perhaps most famous as the seat of the Cumaean Sibyl. Her sanctuary is now open to the public.In Roman mythology, there is an entrance to the underworld located at Avernus, a crater lake near Cumae, and was the route Aeneas used to descend to the Underworld.Early historyThe settlement, in a location that was already occupied, is believed to have been founded in the 8th century BC by Euboean Greeks, originally from the cities of Eretria and Chalcis in Euboea, which was accounted its mother-city by agreement among the first settlers. They were already established at Pithecusae (modern Ischia); they were led by the paired oecists (colonizers) Megasthenes of Chalcis and Hippocles of Cyme.
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  • There is quite a lot of walking including descending into the depths to view the tunnel bringing goods from the quayside into the town and ascending to the acropolis of Cunard. Not recommended for tho...  read more »
  • The Park is charming for archaeology and nature that make it a mysterious place. There are the famous Sibyl's Cave then down the crypta romana, finally opened, top, layered, remains of temples, views of the Gulf of Gaeta, in a lower area other remains (over the parking lot), partly visible from above. It is not so very small and routes is not really easy. The crypta romana was (for the time) at certain points in dark, muddy and there was also a large stone barely visible in the Center. Unsafe. There were also strands perhaps discovered or otherwise giving impression of degradation. In front of the driveway down, facing the same crypta, lacks a sign indicating where you bring your way. We then had to leave in a hurry for the seventeen but a site reported as end time the eighteen and twenty. Another site we had not taken into consideration since he spoke again of closing of the cave which is open to visitors. One wonders why the internet is not a fresh site. On the phone as well there may be communication problems. At the end a CHAP she jokingly did weigh the release at the last minute but a lot of accuracy on this and then not on internet, on site, etc. then there is little sign for the car in the street, the bus routes are scarce, at least before, railway lines as well although there is now the ticket train-dig. Who knows when we will realize that the information has its importance as well as security.
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  • Beautiful remains of old baths built in level and well preserved, beautiful must visit in the region.
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