Pozzuoli is a beautiful small town and a touristic port located in the volcanic region of Campi Flegrei, about 20 km north of Napoli. This lively town has a strong and old maritime tradition (evidenced by the excellent cuisine).
Pozzuoli is a meeting place for young people. Its port (departure point of the ferryboats to the islands of Ischia and Procida), its streets, small squares, lovely seafront and many bars, makes this a lovely place to spend pleasant hours.
The nature in Pozzuoli and surroundings is also fascinating, with its beautiful coast, lakes, and lush hills. The Solfatara of Pozzuoli is without doubt the most interesting volcano of this area and an attractive touristic destination. Nearby is Cuma, the site of the famous Sybilla oracle, and many other sites cited by Homer in the Odyssey poem, such as the Miseno Cape and the Avernus Lake, the entrance to the underworld in the ancient Greek mythology, which still preserves nowadays a mysterious and fabulous charm, the Baia and Bacoli villages, the old residences of the Roman imperial families.
Pozzuoli is also one of the most fascinating archeological area. Founded in 520 B.C. by Greek colonists, it was named Puteoli by the Romans (for the malodorous sulphur vapours that its wells emitted), and became one of the main ports of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The oldest part of town is Rione Terra, on the high part of the tuff rock that dominates the port. Archeological excavations are revealing the fascinating texture of this Roman city, preserved intact underground with its store-lined streets, houses, fountains, shops and restaurants. This was once the acropolis of Puteoli. The most significant monuments of the area are the Temple of Augustus, and the Amphitheatre. The latter dates to Flavian times and is the third largest in the world.