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Peter Bardwell | profile | all galleries >> .. other Italian places >> Campania >> Pozzuoli and the Fields of Fire tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Travelling in Campania | The green island of Ischia | Procida | National Railway Museum - Pietrarsa | Paestum - Greek temples | Pozzuoli and the Fields of Fire | Pompeii | Herculaneum | Poppea's Villa - Oplontis | Boscoreale | Augustus' Villa | Caserta's Royal Palace | Vietri sul mare | Benevento | Capua | Santa Maria Capua Vetere | Mondragone | Salerno | A few from Amalfi | Sorrento | Many churches, a few temples... | In and around Naples | Volcanic islands of western Italy | Snippets from elsewhere

Pozzuoli and the Fields of Fire

To ancient Romans the Campi Flegrei - an area west of Naples, out to the edge of the Bay
and beyond - was a mystical place... one where inexplicable forces, wielded by their
gods and by nature, had together created a landscape like no other they knew.

Pozzuoli, the largest settlement there, has long suffered from repeated bradyseism - a
slow rise and fall in the land that frequently forces its inhabitants to flee the city.

Before the city of Rome had a harbour of its own, "Puteoli" was immensely important -
as centre of the grain trade with Sicily and North Africa, it was here that Saint Paul
the Apostle landed on his way to trial in the capital.

Click on the pictures here, either for larger versions or sets from the individual places!