Places to visit in Pozzuoli
With the Rione Terra closed, the main "pay" sites in Pozzuoli are covered by a €4
combined ticket, valid for two consecutive days at all four elements of the
'Complesso Monumentale Archeologico Flegreo':
- the Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei at Baia (09:00-14:30 - closed Mondays)
- the Parco Archeologico at Baia (09:00-14:30 - closed Tuesdays)
- the Anfiteatro Flavio in Pozzuoli (09:00-14:00 - closed Tuesdays)
- the Parco Archeologico at Cuma (09:00-14:30 - closed Tuesdays) *
Those hours etc are as per the Artecard website in late April 2013, and may VERY
well not reflect what's actually happening... so do check before setting off!
Just as an example, on phoning the Amphitheatre in Pozzuoli yesterday, I found
that they're currently open only from 09:00 to 12:40... Usually it's at least
until 13:00 in winter, adding afternoon openings from 1st April... but the lady
there still didn't know when that will happen this year! Also closed on Tuesdays,
although that's as normal....
If likely to be going afield immediately either side of a visit to Pozzuoli,
there's also the Campania Artecard - several version of which come with a
3 day travel pass. For details, start here... and click on the Union Jack
symbol if getting the site's Italian version:
Transport, bus tickets etc....
If arriving at the port in Pozzuoli, the distances involved - from there
up to the Solfatara, for example - are a bit too much for comfortable
walking, although unfortunately most of the local public transport
services aren't very frequent!
On one occasion we part-solved the problem by buying our bus/train tickets,
but then taking a taxi up to the volcano... rather than wait at its stop
(just beyond the car lanes into the port) for the hourly P9 bus that goes
there, passing near both the amphitheatre and Solfatara station on its way.
Buying tickets for the Pozzuoli area...
If you'll be using the buses etc, it might be worth buying a daylong ticket, otherwise get several of the 'single' ones each... and - so as not to fall foul of the municipal boundaries, if heading westwards towards Baia etc - probably go for the UnicoCampania zone E2, which costs €1.60 in its Orario version (valid for 80 minutes from when "stamped" in the machine on board the bus, or at a train station), €4.50 as an "All-day" from Mon/Fri, or €2.60 on a Sat or Sun.
Other than with the singles, you're meant to fill in a few details - so have a pen with you...
And note also this, in case the stamping machine is missing, or out of action:
Buy them anywhere you see the UnicoCampania logo - variously at bars, tabacchi shops, news stands etc.. For addresses, type Pozzuoli in the "Town" box here, then use the "- search -" button:
Pozzuoli - transport links
Use the "Original" size for clearest view!
Two train stations.... both marked with red "M" symbols..
- near the oval amphitheatre, the FS Metropolitana station of Pozzuoli Solfatara
- beside the port, the Pozzuoli stop of the local 'Cumana' railway
To the north west, with the yellow blobs, the place from where CTP buses to Cuma etc leave
When a ship is due in, there may well be spare taxis at the port
- or there's a big in nearby Piazza Repubblica, somewhere around
which we've bought our bus tickets (ask for "biglietti per l'autobus",
and you'll be shown where!)
Map taken from the excellent, although perhaps out-of-print Stradanapoli,
from Editrice Lozzi - an A-Z style street altas (ISBN: 9788886782074),
which also covers many outlying suburbs, Pozzuoli, Capri, Ischia and
Procida... priced originally at €10, and well worth that!
Getting to Pozzuoli by train from Naples
Take Line 2 of the Naples Metro system, from their platforms one level below Napoli Central station.
You'll arrive at their station in Pozzuoli - a.k.a. Pozzuoli Solfatara - only a few hundred yards from the amphitheatre, and on the road that leads to the volcano.