Aerial view of the western part of the Campi Flegrei, looking roughly south
The islet immediately below the wing is Capo Miseno, whose approach road passes
the land-locked Mare Morto.
Following the coast round to the left, after the town of Bacoli, comes the hill
on which Baia Castle sits - dominating the centre of the bay.
In the shallows to the left of the castle, it's just possible to make out traces
of the sunken Roman town of Baiae.
The large patch of water is Lake Averno, the smaller one Lake Fusaro.
On the lower coast, Cumae - near the edge of the frame - and, in the far distance
at the top, the hills of the Sorrentine peninsula and Capri can be distinguished.
View from the sea - on the foreshore, the ruins of a Roman theatre and more
Grotta di Seiano - a half mile tunnel
Some accounts tell that Lucius Aelius Seianus (also Sejanus) - Prefect of the Praetorian
Guard and friend of the Emperor Tiberius - ordered the construction of this 700+ metre
tunnel through the hill of Posillipo, in order to link together two important harbours
then in use by ships of Rome's Mediterranean fleet.
More than a millennium later the tunnel was reopened, restored and enlarged by the
Bourbons - and today it provides an access route for visitors to what remains of the
'Pausilypon' villa and the surrounding archaeological site.
Entrance is free, but visits must be booked in advance as everyone is escorted!
No guarantees from me that their information is still current, but - noting carefully
quite what's available when - try the city council's webpage, here...
The Grotta di Seiano - Sejanus' tunnel - which links Bagnoli's harbour to Posillipo
View from the Parco Virgiliano
On the Posillipo headland - to the left, Pausilypon and the ruins at the far
Ruins of the Odeion at Posillipo...
... and of a hotel there, which dates from the C17th. The new stage is used
for summer performances - an "echo" of what the hotel's guests may have seen.
For an enormous PDF version of the archaeologists' report on the site and
finds unearthed there, titled...
"Pausilypon, the imperial villa near Naples, with a description of the
submerged foreshore and with observations on the tomb of Virgil and on
other Roman antiquities on Posilipo (1913)"
Miseno, Baccoli, Baia...
...Bagnoli and Nisida in the foreground, and distant Procida and Ischia
Bagnoli - Italsider
View over the remains of the steelworks - looking from near the Parco di Posillipo,
towards the island of Nisida. To the left, the hillside and descending road which
passes the entrance to the Grotta di Seiano.
April sunbathers - Nisida