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The Scalandrone Tunnel - Augustean aqueduct

Iscrizione latina interna ad un ramo secondario all'acquedotto romano del Serino

Translated Jeff Matthews

Typology: Latin inscription within a secondary branch of the ancient Augustean aqueduct.

Description: Along the route traced by the Scalandrone province road in the municipality of Bacoli (NA) there is an access to a brief stretch of a secondary branch of the ancient Augustean aqueduct. The tunnel starts within a gallery and was probably excavated as a service tunnel for maintenance of the larger water conduit, the aqueduct itself. On the higher portion of the entrance, the wall is inscribed in Latin with the precise date on which this service tunnel was opened, placing it at the beginning of the 1st century AD: (December 30, 10 AD).

The gallery and related inscription were first studied by Prof. Giuseppe Camodeca in the 1970s. Subsequently, the underground site was further explored and documented by various speleological groups; the latest such investigation was carried out on the occasion of the 2000th anniversary celebration of the Serino Aqueduct. That occasion produced a 3-D model of the inscription, a copy of which is currently on display in the Museum of the Baia Castle.

Photo: This is the inscription, “La Tabula”, photographed by Rosario Varriale of the Speleological Research Center of Naples.

City: Bacoli (NA)

Coordinates: 40°49'45.31"N - 14° 4'28.67"E

Address: province road Scalandrone

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