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Pozzuoli is a city and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania. It is the main city of the Phlegrean Peninsula.HistoryPozzuoli began as the Greek colony of Dicaearchia (Δικαιαρχία). The Roman colony was established in 194 BC, and took the name Puteoli which it has his roots from 'puteus', meaning well (also used by sibyls to predict the future) and 'osco fistulus' (cave). An alternative etymology of Puteoli from the Latin puteo (to stink), referring to the sulfuric smell in the area, most notably from Solfatara. This is because Pozzuoli lies in the center of the Campi Flegrei, a volcanic caldera.Puteoli was the great emporium for the Alexandrian grain ships, and other ships from all over the Roman world. It also was the main hub for goods exported from Campania, including blown glass, mosaics, wrought iron, and marble. The Roman naval base at nearby Misenum housed the largest naval fleet in the ancient world. It was also the site of the Roman Dictator Sulla's country villa and the place where he died in 78 BC.Use our Italy driving holiday planner to arrange the details of your trip to Pozzuoli and other destinations.
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$469 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Ischia Island and Food Tasting Day Trip from Sorrento
Duration: 8 hours
$36 BOOK WITH VIATOR Tour of the Phlegraean Fields and the center of Pozzuoli
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$18 BOOK WITH VIATOR Dante's Inferno Narrative Tour on Lake Averno, Pozzuoli, Naples
Duration: 1 hour
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