Grotta di Seiano


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Once the private entrance to the ornate Villa Pausilypon, the tunnel was built by the architect Cocceius in the first century AD; he also designed the Grotta di Cocceio and the Crypta Neapolitana (see Parco Vergiliano). Strengthened in 1840 by a series of load-bearing arches, the tunnel stretches for 770m (2,526ft) along the coast. En route, galleries provide magnificent views over the small Trentaremi Bay, named after the rowing boats used by the Romans. The fragile cliff into which the tunnel was bored is prone to landslides, and over the years access to the Grotta has been irregular; for the moment, though, it is open for guided tours.

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Grotta di Seiano details

Discesa Coroglio

Area Naples

Transport Bus 140 to Capo Posillipo, then F9

Telephone 081 230 1030, 081 795 2003 guided tours

Open Guided tours only 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.15am Mon-Sat (jointly with Villa Pausilypon). Closed Aug.

Admission free.

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