Mefite, Rocca San Felice

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  • A lunar landscape, acrid smell, gas flaring and welcome us into the biggest mefite of Europe. Easy trail to follow, free entry and explanatory panels very instructive. Council.
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  • The force that pervades this place is immediately sense, the acrid smell of sulphur forteed make it a fascinating place, Mephitis was a deity osca, you followed the cult already pre Romanesque etaà. The great Vigil in the Aeneid I sang the seethe of sulphurous waters typical of volcanic environment, the gas that is given off is often lethal, your visit to this site is a unique experience
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  • The place is very quaint, a gash in the green heart of Irpinia. The strong smell of sulfur, the Valley of the shadow, insects and dead animals near the sulphur pools are the setting for a haunting place and at the same time fascinating. Get off near sulfurous pools tries, but I donot because, as they say the signs, there is real danger of death. My father is originally from those areas, is practical and experienced staff and with him went down several times over there, even as a kid, but, really, donot experience to visitors and to the curious.
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  • Definitely a place charming. Recommended in the colder seasons and rainy days and up to the end of spring. In summer the sulfurous vents tend to go aground and waters that bubble are less visible or absent. Wouldn't it be prevent greater care of small area dedicated to tourists.
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  • A unique show in the world. A must see.
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  • A fantastic surreal place
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  • The Mefite is a place that can be described as "special", located in the Valley of Ansanto and that for centuries has been considered the transition from Earth to Hades. The goddess Mephitis, old italic deities linked to sulfur fumes, was relied on for the fertility of fields and for procreation. This name has been associated since ancient times in the center of the Valley of Ansanto, in Irpinia, near the town of Rocca San Felice. Here you will find the pond Mefite, characterized by the presence of sulphurous gases coming from underground and which, in contact with water, emit a boil of toxic fumes and smells bad so much that it is mentioned by Virgil in his Aeneid as the place of between life and death. The source is not, as believed by many, to be found in a hypothetical volcanism that connects the Vulture with Vesuvius and solfatara; is "just" a tectonic phenomenon: the area, in fact it is a crossroad of important faults that intersect and putting in contact evaporitic deposits (type gypsum) with deep water ground water generating the gases that escape upward until you reach the surface and hover in the air. Those who wish to visit the Mefite can do that but with great caution and need to spend as little as possible because of the gases (mainly carbon dioxide), as at times, getting too close is strongly dangerous so the air is heavy and unbreathable. Not surprisingly, there have been several deaths, both of people and animals for anyone who wants to approach you should get upwind.
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  • The magic of legend and mystery of the landscape, make this place a tourist attraction unique and special.
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