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Macellum (Temple of Serapis)

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Address: Via Serapide, Pozzuoli, Italy
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Pozzuoli is billed in travel books as being a town filled with...

Pozzuoli is billed in travel books as being a town filled with archaeological sites. When one arrives in Pozzuoli one is greeted with litter, bad signage, and several easy-to-find archaeological sites which are overgrown with weeds and covered in trash. I never made it to the top archilogical site (the Flavian Amphitheater) because of bad signage and general disgust with the city. The street address above marks roughly the center point of the city.

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Antiquity meets modernity

The great thing about Italy is that very old and new sit side by side. And so, the Marcellum ruins are set down in a piazza of long ago, the the bustle and colour of Pozzuoli... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The great thing about Italy is that very old and new sit side by side. And so, the Marcellum ruins are set down in a piazza of long ago, the the bustle and colour of Pozzuoli buzzing around them. If you are keen on the Forum in Rome, you will love the Temple of Serapis. For a start, there isn't... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

In the centre of town , next to café and roads. Great example of Roman ruins. You can have lunch + drinks right next to it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

This is a Roman Market place built, 1st century AD. It was incorrectly thought to be a temple, when excavations in 1750 found a statue of the Egyptian god Serapis. The Marcellum, (market), would have been two stories high and surrounded by an arcade of over 30 granite columns. The area is fenced off and viewed from street level looking... More 

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Mogi das Cruzes, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

It´s near the train station ( Pozzuoli - Naples), so either way why not get off for a while and see this place. it´s interesting because this place was once underwater and nowadays is back to the surface but all this took many centuries due to bradisism, a phenomem that makes the ground goes up and down slowly during the... More 

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Thank Ricardo R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This is the 3rd Roman amphitheater we have visited and by far the best preserved. It needs more advertising as it is simply superb especially the subterranean areas.

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Bolton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

These ruins are truly beautiful. Although you can't really get down into the site, you can walk around the perimeter and see it from all angles. One curious sight is the many resident stray cats, who seem to survive on scraps from the adjacent fish restaurants!

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MIlton Keynes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

An interesting site right near the fishing port .You can sit and have a coffee overlooking this site.You can not walk in amongst the ruins,but it is worth seeing.

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Marco Island, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This a interesting little ruin to visit. It only takes a few minutes, is located in a very intersting suburb of Naples, and is typical of much of the real Italy. Just a part of everyday life, enough local life a few steps away yo be interesting, hard to find, hard to park, but enough food and stuff around to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

We were on a driving trip from Turkey & mafe a special trip here from Naples, but couldn't find it, despite following some signs & asking around. I applauded those who were able to visit it. Overall the signage in this town is very poor. One minute you see a sign but then there's no more. Same for the amphitheater.... More 

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Modena, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

its illuminated at night and a beautiful sight. we walked past when we explored the downtown Pozzuoli area.

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