Villa Medici Hotel e Residence: Sites touristiques
Tomba di Virgilio
Located at the Mergellina Metro stop, the tomb of Virgilio is one of the most famous and suggestive locations of the city being the destination of romantic journeys of poets and 19th century travelers. The tradition indicates that the tomb is the burial place of the author of the Eneide. It is known that they author died in Brindisi in 19 BC but wanted to be buried in Naples.
The tomb in question is surely a funeral monument from the Roman age because according to the tradition they liked to attribute to Virgilio. Virgilio, wizard and protector of medieval Naples before San Gennaro, comes to be attributed as the father of the Neapolitan crypt, also known as the “Grotta Vecchia,” a tunnel on the inside of the park that reaches about 700 meters. Instead it was designed by the Roman architect Cocceio in the 1st century BC with the purpose to connect themselves with Napoli and the current location of Fuorigrotta. The galleria is currently occluded and cannot be visited. The existing appearance of the park attains itself thanks to a restoration and reorganization that was carried out in 1930.
In the park, the tomb was arranged in 1939 as the tomb of Giacomo Leopardi who died in Napoli in 1837.
The ancient Dicearchia deserves alone at least one day to visit. The important Roman port, seated in the nearby Miseno of Classis Misenensis, was preferred in the Roman age for the construction of villas belonging to emperors and the older upper class families called Patrizie.
Starting from the Santuario di San Gennaro on Via San Gennaro-Agnano, one can see the volcano “Solfatara” and from there on Via Solfatara, the amphitheater Neroniano-Flavio. From there running down Via Terracciano, one can admire the remnants of a thermal structure the Tempio di Nettuno, and continuing at the height of Piazza Capomazza and turning to the right onto Via Celle is the Roman Necropolis. Then after returning to Piazza Capomazza across the street on Via Pergolesi one can see the Macellum, also known as the Tempio di Serapide.
During the excavation of 700, brought forward by Carlo of Borbone, a statue of an Egyptian god was uncovered, and this statue made people ponder the possibility that they found themselves in front of a temple and not a market. The impressive columns of cipollino marble show the signs of Litidomi, mollusks that demonstrate the movement of the rising and lowering of the water compared to sea level.
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