This is a tour that literally takes you to hell…. but don’t worry, we will also bring you back!!
This is a trip with a difference; a journey through Ancient, mythological sites that were passageways to the “other world”. We will explore the Phlegraean Fields, the area of the most populated, yet still active volcano on earth.
The volcano’s smoking craters emit gas and sometimes erupt in a furnace of flames and were believed to be the home of the God Vulcan. This is also the land where the giants were buried after having been defeated by the gods.
We then continue to see one of the oldest Amphitheatres of the Roman Empire in the Ancient City of Puteoli (today Pozzuoli). Here we visit the underground rooms below the arena where both beasts and gladiators awaited their turn to fight in front of the bloodthirsty crowds.
Next we go to visit Lake Avernus, the entrance to Hades. The name Avernus was often used by Roman writers as a synonym for the underworld and according to Virgil, Aeneas as well as Odysseus and other famous heroes descended to the underworld via a grotto near to the lake.
Our next stop is for lunch in an area much-loved by the locals at one of its top-rated restaurants.
After lunch we continue to the Ancient Greek colony of Cuma. Here we visit the acropolis which has spectacular views over the bay and, as the Emperors often did, we will question the Sybil, the mythological female oracle who hid here in a deep, dark cave.
Our road to hell ends in the lovely village of Baia where wealthy, Ancient Romans spent wild and debauched vacations. In the village we explore an original cistern, the piscina mirabilis, which provided water to the Emperor Augustus’ fleet.
This is certainly an itinerary with a difference; rich in historic, artistic and natural wonders. It is one of the most interesting tours you will take in Italy. Great value and a truly “not to be forgotten” experience!
All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Meeting place to be determined upon booking. We can’t wait to experience Pompeii with you! Contact us for reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 2.5 hours to 3 hours.