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Grotto of the Dragonara

Translated Jeff Matthews

Typology: Roman cistern

Description: This is a large cistern from the time of the Romans. Within, it appears to hold the remains of a nymphaeum (a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs). The grotto consists of 5 naves and a barrel vault supported by 12 pillars. It did not, hwwever, serve a religious function, as might seem to be the case upon first glance, but was, rather, a large cistern to collect water. It was dug entirely out of the tufa rock in the age of Augustus eitherto provide water to the imperial fleetat Miseno or to the nearby Villa of Lucullus. (by Jeff Matthews)

Guided visits are organized by the Misenum Association

Directions: Get on the Naples Tangenziale in the direction of Pozzuoli; get off at exit 14 (Arco Felice); follow the signs for Baia and Bacoli, first along via Montenuovo Licola-Patria, then via Miliscola (running along Lake Lucrino); continue on via Montegrillo, via Lucullo, via Castello, via Roma, via Risorgimento (town of Bacoli), which ends at via Lungomare Miseno; from there follows signs for Capo Miseno.

City: Bacoli (NA)

Coordinates: 40°47'5.35N - 14° 5'4.66E

Address: via Dragonara

Telephone: (landline) 081-5233977 - (cell) 3388911536 - (cell) 3386892886 (Misenum Association)

Website: Grotta della Dragonara

Photos: Grotto of the Dragonara

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