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Lago d'Averno, Pozzuoli

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Experience a tranquil outing to Lago d'Averno, a volcanic crater lake steeped in legend and history. According to Roman mythology, the body of water was actually the entrance to the underworld, Hades. After the construction of a canal connecting it to the sea in 37 BCE, it served as a naval base for Roman generals, housing many ships. Today the peaceful area makes a perfect setting for walking, jogging, biking, and picnicking among the groves of trees and old vineyards. Visit the remains of the Temple of Apollo that line the shore and see the four arches that still remain. Waterfowl, turtles, and other wildlife frequent the area. Before you head to Pozzuoli, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pozzuoli itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Pozzuoli has to offer, including Lago d'Averno.
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  • When you read that Vergil wrote the entrance to the underworld was here, and that birds would drop dead flying over the lake, you expect something hellish. Alas, that was long ago. Today, it is just a...  more »
  • Lago D'Averno is a lake where locals jog/bike/walk their dogs. (yes I'm one of those locals.) Yes the history is really cool, but unless you are there during the Land Art Exhibit not sure as a tourist...  more »
  • The seat of the underworld for the Romans, Avernum was much that Vergil acclimatizes here the descent into hell of Aeneas, resuming the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. Place full of history, former arsenal under Agrippa and home to interesting caves and one of the three large caves designed by the famous architect Cocceius.
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