Cuma - Antro della Sibilla

The Grotto of Sibilla


Image: The replica of the antique city Cumae.

Useful Information

Location: Northwest of Napoli (Naples). Naples bypass to Pozzuoli, exit #13. By subway to pozzuoli, busses to Cuma.
Open: All year daily 9 to 1 hour before sunset.
Fee: Adults (18-25) ITL 2000, (25+ yrs) ITL 4000, Children, Seniors free.
Classification: artificial, tufa corridor
Light: none, electric torch useful.
Dimension: L=131m
Guided tours: possible by arrangement
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Address: Cuma, Parco archaeologico (Archaeological Park of Cumae), 1, via Acropoli, 80078 Pozzuoli, Napoli. Tel: +39-081-8543060.
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Last update:$Date: 2014/07/21 08:10:26 $
Image: The entrance to the Antro della Sibilla.

History

 
750 b.C.the city of Kume was founded as the first colony of the Greek in Italy.
1930'sthe tufa corridor was interpreted as the place of the oracle by archaeologists.
Image: The main part of the Antro della Sibilla.

Description

Image: The rear part has a round ceiling.

The city of Cuma or Kyme was the first Greek settlement on the Italian peninsula. When Vergil wrote his version of the Odysseus saga, he described this place as the location of the oracle scene. Æneas landed in Cumae, visited the Sibilla oracle and descended into Hades at the nearby Lago d'Averno.

The archaeologists of the 1930s thought they found evidence for this story, although todays archaeologists are a little bit more careful. It is possible, but not sure, that this is the true place of the oracle. But it does not really matter, it is definitely an impressive sight and well worth a visit.

The Antro della Sibilla is a long passage, about 131 m long and with a trapezoid shape. This passage was cut into the soft tufa by hand. It is lighted by multiple openings to the surface which gives the the place a unique look on sunny days.

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