"Visit the Solfatara" Solfatara - Volcano Tip by leics
Solfatara - Volcano, Pozzuoli: 4 reviews and 9 photos
A wonderful experience if, like me, you have no experience of a volcanic landscape.
The Solfatara is part of the Campi Flegrei, the whole volcanic landscape of this little promontory on the Bay of Naples. Although supposedly inactive it nevertheless has many fumaroles, through which superheated gases are belched..and a pool of gently bubbling mud in its centre.
The Romans thought it was the gates of Hell, but still used it for its health-giving spa properties. There was a spa here right up to the 1800s: you enter through what remains of its landscaped gardens.
As well as the main fumaroles you can see the well which was used from Medieval times as a source of mineral water (good for curing sterility and ulcers, apparently), evidence of past mining for alum and lime and the Stufe Antiche, brick-built boxes dating from the 1800s which provide a sort of natural sauna.
O..and apparently the fumes from the Solfatara are a natural Viagra. At least, that's what the local male population likes to believe, as evidenced by a large noticeboard showing a newspaper report of a scientific study which suggested that local fertility is very high. :-)
It's well worth visiting the Solfatara and, I think, may offer a more exciting 'volcanic experience' than Vesuvius itself...it's too quiet, at the moment and too busy with visitors. The Solfatara was more or less empty when I visited in mid-October, although the campsite inside the crater may well be busy in season (with people who are happy to live with the smell of rotten eggs, presumably?).
Entrance in October 2011 as 6 euro..and worth every cent, imo. There's a small bar/restaurant and toilets on site.
Opern every day from around 0830 until one hour before dusk.
Address: Via Solfatara 61
Directions: Leave the Metro station and turn right. Walk to the main road (Via Solfatara) and walk up the hill. After about 10-15 minutes you'll come to the Solfatara, on your left.
Phone: +39 0815262341 +39 0815267413
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