Travel Guide to Solfatara Volcano
If you want to experience what the ancients used to consider “the entrance to the regions of hell”, then you can’t miss a walk atop the Solfatara Volcano. There is nothing to fear, as the volcano is dormant, like all of the volcanoes in the Campi Flegrei area. However, you should prepare yourself for sensory overload of the nose. The Solfatara volcano is famous today mainly for its explosions of sulphuric gases, topping 160 degrees, its boiling mud pit and its carbon vapors. If you can handle it you will have the chance to get up close and personal with the explosions of sulphuric gas, as there is typically no barrier that separates you and the “‘devil’s stink”. The combination of green, blue, yellow and red exploding out of the ground is truly an exhibition of mother nature´s ability to create the brightest, most vivid colors you may ever see in person. This volcano is a preferred stop for travelers of any age, with any interest.
A stop at Solfatara will give you a bit of insight into how people in the Middle Ages used to relax. During its heyday it was among the most famous spa destinations. The sulphurous waters, boiling mud and hot saunas were believed to have a therapeutic effect on the body and overall health. Furthermore, young travelers of noble families wouldn’t miss a trip to the volcano for the educational experience.
Some of you more adventurous travelers may want to visit this volcano for your own personal field research. Recent scientific studies have caused debate concerning a link between the volcanic sulfor and an above average number of weddings and births in its location, Pozzuoli. Is this just coincidence? It has been discovered that two of the enzymes which cause a particular erotic reaction in the male member are also present is the sulforic gas that streams out of the Solfatara. You may want to ask yourself if this is the real reason that Solfatara is visited by over 100.000 tourists annually.
The site is only 10km from the center of Naples, and requires only 1-2 hours to visit. We recommend going either in the morning or the afternoon in order to beat the heat that the ground emits, and also a pair of sturdy tennis shoes. From the ticket office the site is just a 10 minute walk on flat ground.
Hours: open daily from 8:30 until one hour before dusk.
Cost: 6 Euro
By Bus: line 152 or Sepsa bus from Piazza Garibaldi.
By Train: take Metro to Pozzuoli-Sulfatara station. From here you can walk 800 meters to the entrance, or take the cit bus P9.
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