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  Thermae in Rione Terra
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Dated back to the II century b.C., Rione Terra was opened one year ago but it’s still not well known. The excavations brought out to light new parts of the old Puteoli Acropolis (33 meters above the sea). Here you can take a walk through the streets of the old Metropolis, which was, during Roman Age, the only trading centre of Western Mediterranean sea. Rione Terra is an exceptional civilization cradle of all ages, englobed in the foundations of the XV century a.C., rebuilt after several earthquakes.
The sensation you feel when you enter in the old town walls is to live again the everyday life of 2000 years ago.
The city planning is the same of Roman age with the two main road axes (Cardi and Decumani). Walking through these streets you can find small ancient shops and above them you can see where once there were the houses of the shops’ owners. Going down a spiral stairway you’ll find yourself in the basements where you can see the shops’ storage once used to keep the wheat. Also, you’ll find some small rooms with stone beds which at the beginning were used as jails and later as gladiators’ shelters. In one of the rooms you can see some gladiators paintings and a verse of a Catullo’s poem that makes wonder this place of a brothel. Walking in these basements you feel to be in a maze. On the same level, there is a private altar, with wonderful mosaics, where were celebrated animal sacrifices.
To visit Rione Terra you walk on bridges totally realized in glass to make the areas below visible. To visit Rione Terra we suggest to wear a pullover or a jacket as for the fresh and humid temperature inside. We also suggest to reserve a conducted tour to recreate the atmosphere that the place excites.
ADDRESS: Largo Sedile di Porto, Pozzuoli (Napoli); DIRECTIONS: By Tube: line 2, By car: “Tangenziale di Napoli” exit Pozzuoli – Via Campana
Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; the box-office closes at 6.30.
TICKET: € 3,00. Included in “Campania Artecard”
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othercontact: from abroad: +39.06.39967050
Phone: from Italy 848.800288
Website: http://www.ulixes.it ; www.pierreci.it

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  • Written Jun 12, 2005
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