Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta
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The Gaiola Underwater Park is a Marine Protected Area established in 2002 along the Posillipo coast, in the northwestern Gulf of Naples. The Park owes its singularity to the fusion of volcanological, biological and archaeological aspects inserted in one of the most attractive coastal landscape in the Gulf. Many ancient roman remains (I Century b.C.) lie underwater because of a geological phenomenon (bradyseism). It’s possible to visit it by glass-bottom boat, snorkeling and diving tours.
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Simon F
Southampton, UK84 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The area is nice enough by there are rules every where.

You can’t take plastic down so you can’t take drinks but also no where to buy drinks (or food) so didn’t drink for hours in 30 heat. There are officials watching you like hawks and it’s very cramped. Felt a bit like some type of beach prison.

You have to book ahead but the beach name on Google doesn’t match up which is spiaggia della gaiola. We found it very confusing.

You can’t swim where the ruins are my partner tried not knowing that and got screamed at.

Each to their own but we felt it was a day wasted. One of the officials seemed more interested in a group of young girls.
Written 8 September 2023
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chris s
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I was looking up best beaches to go in Naples and come across this one! Absolutely stunning! It is limited to 200 people and you have to pre book but arrive early enough and you won’t be disappointed. The water is crystal clean and great for snorkelling.
Written 13 August 2023
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Hannah B
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you’re looking to swim and snorkel right by the ruins, you are not able to. I asked if we could go over there, and was told “it is an impossible dream.” Lol. It’s only open to the tours they provide on weekends due to being a protected area. You can swim in Zone B which is the opposite side of the office/you cannot see the ruins from here. It’s still a beautiful swimming spot and was not too crowded when we went. You can still take a photo with the ruins from behind. We snorkeled in Zone B and could see some fishies, though not a tropical setting. The water was nice on a very hot July day! But a challenge to get there and back from Naples.
Written 22 July 2023
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Nils E
Zurich, Switzerland171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Such a beautiful place. We took our snorkels an explored the area. Cristal clear water with at least 10 meter visibility. You need to book beforehand to get inside and down there is little internet. The beach is closed between 1pm and 2pm and you need to book either the morning or afternoon slot.
Written 22 September 2021
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Amy M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited in October 2019 and have thought it regularly since. Just stunning, well worth the trip out.
Written 16 October 2020
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Maps819444
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lovely place for a day out. If you go out of high season you will find a spot on the small beach. You can swim safely from the beach, and if you take a snorkel go around and explore the ancient Roman ruins. It's also a marine reserve. You have a half-hour walk down a road to get there, but it's well worth it. Buses go from Naples.
Written 23 November 2019
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Scotchmartyn
Edinburgh, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We booked in advance a glass bottom boat your of this Marine protected area and were not diasppointed. Lasts about one hour, in Italian although our guide was able to very impressively provide English highlighjts which was enough to bring it to life - to be honest even the Italian version would have been fine, lots to see. Roman ruins under the water, geological features along the coast and a little history. Took about an hour and well worth the E 45.00 cover charge for four people, plus supporting the park. This is a nice activity for a morning or afternoon in the Naples area, also feels safe and quiet as it's in Posillipo (the posh part) where I would also recommend staying.

Tips: park on the main road above the area around the big white villa with the palm tree: blue parking spaces max stay 2 hours ticket is about E 2.00, so time it well. Do not drive down the hill indicated by Sat Nav, bottleneck and no parking spaces. Takes 10 / 15 minutes to walk down the hill comfortably (20 to get back up!). Some people with different abilities might need 30 mins to negotiate the path and shallow steps down to the water, there is no wheelcair access and getting onto the boat would be hard as no ramp.

Great place and well worth supporting their conservation activity. They have no cafe so take water with you. There are shops about a mile away on the main road.
Written 21 October 2019
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Maja Stojanovic
Cacak, Serbia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
I had accidentally found out about Gaiola Island after googling “things to do” in Naples. It immediately caught my eye as most of the articles were titled: “mysterious island with cursed villa.” I HAD to go there. It is a bit of a trip to get there but it is absolutely worth it. Once you get to the area you’ll find yourself in zone A at first, which is nice, but we didn’t spend any time there. What you’re looking for is zone B-this is where the ‘cursed island’ is.
Once you climb up a short flight of stairs in zone A, you’ll find yourself at the top of zone B. A man sitting at a desk will ask for a valid ID, which he holds on to until you are ready to leave, and he gives you a pass into the area. It is completely FREE to be in this area. He’ll tell you about some rules to be followed:
-zone B is open from 9:00am-4:00pm
-no food, no plastic bottles
-no underwater cameras
-no snorkelling gear
There are signs around that may say no swimming, but swimming is allowed (he’ll even confirm it). Although all these rules are in place, they’re not that strict.
Once past this mini ‘security check’ you’ll see an info center to your left where there is a decent restroom available for 50 cents. Past that is the beach. It is a stone beach and there’s not much of it, so getting there early is key. Only 100 people are allowed in the area at a time. We were lucky because the day we went was overcast so there was a total of 8 people on the entire beach (otherwise I hear it can be pretty packed).
The beach is absolutely gorgeous and the actual cursed island is just a short swim away from where you’ll lay your towels. No one actually specified that you weren’t allowed to clamber onto the cursed island, but that was quickly confirmed once the ‘security’ guy started blowing his whistle the moment I set foot on the island. A kind of ‘look, don’t touch’ sort of policy. You can swim ALL THE WAY to it, but cannot climb onto it, no matter how tempting. Regardless, it is incredibly cool and slightly eerie. You can find lots of myths and tales about the island online, but what you’ll see is an abondoned house and creepy looking bridge connecting two sections of the island.
I thoroughly enjoyed this place and would recommend it to anyone staying in or near Naples. Great adventure!
Written 4 September 2019
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Sandra Bozic
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Cute, interesting but a little dirty and crowdy. you should go there earlier of the day if you want to get the place on the beach.
Written 15 July 2019
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UCMed - Food Culture
Sorrento, Italy157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Absolutely too beautiful to bee true, but not to be visited when it's to busy, that's in summer weekends and in any day when school are closed (beginning of June - septmber): too busy
Written 15 March 2019
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