Known since ancient times for its lively volcanic activity, Campi Flegrei is a vast area that includes the city of Naples and various neighboring municipalities including Pozzuoli, Quarto, Bacoli and Monte di Procida. A unique area of its kind that rises on a large caldera in a state of quiescence. Despite being an area of high geological risk, the Phlegraean Fields have been inhabited since ancie

Great legends and myths of ancient Greece and Roman times are set in the Phlegrean areas. The ideal place to experience the uniqueness of the Mediterranean environment and see with your own eyes hidden beauties dating back to ancient peoples. Not only history lovers, the Phlegraean Fields are a favorite destination for many sports, both land, and sea. Let's find out which are the sports activities to practice during a vacation in Campi Flegrei.

Trekking on the Crater of Gauro

Trekking is one of the most beautiful, healthy and amazing physical activities that in recent years has been rediscovered by many outdoor enthusiasts. A unique way to experience a little-known place and discover hidden landscapes. Climbing on hillside paths, walking through the endless countryside, trekking is the ideal activity to keep fit. It is not a simple walk, so a minimum of athletic preparation is necessary to practice trekking. The Phlegraean Fields offer numerous paths where you can practice this discipline, the most famous and peculiar is that of the Crater of Gauro. Eight kilometers long, it is a path of medium difficulty that crosses geological and volcanological attractions. The Crater of Gauro is the highest volcanic building of the whole Phlegrean area and it is entirely made of yellow Campanian tuff. The name "Gauro" derives from ancient Greek, meaning "majestic". Along the path, among volcanic rocks and typical plants of the Mediterranean scrub, there are chestnut trees and Falerno vines, a wine famous during the Roman Empire and exported all over the world.


Jogging on the shores of Lake Avernus

Lake Averno is located in the municipality of Pozzuoli and is a small lake of volcanic origin, a fascinating and mysterious place that has attracted the attention of the Phlegrean people since ancient times. Every weekend, the perimeter of the lake is filled with sportsmen and runners intent on jogging on the shores of the lake. A natural beauty that has always been a favorite destination for fitness lovers who populate the Phlegraean Fields. The name "Avernus" derives from Greek and means "without birds", in fact, according to legend, in the past the lake released gas fumes that drove away the birds. The lake is famous for being present in the Aeneid, according to the poet Virgil represented the entrance door to the Underworld. During the festive days, the shores of the mystical lake crowd with runners and children who take advantage of the immense beauty of the place to do physical activity and run in the open air. Over the years, many sporting events have been organized such as marathons, running races and competitive and amateur events. In short, if you love jogging, you can't miss the opportunity to go for a run at Lake Averno.


Biking between Pozzuoli and Monte Nuovo

Biking is as strenuous as it is beneficial. The Phlegraean Fields are an endless source of places where you can go cycling and enjoy spectacular landscapes. Almost all of the Phlegraean area can be explored by bike, but for the more experienced cyclists, we would like to recommend one itinerary in particular. An ideal biking tour of the Phlegrean Fields starts from Pozzuoli, a small town not far from Naples of great historical and cultural importance. There are many monuments that describe all the historical evolution of the city: the Rione Terra, the Flavian Amphitheater, dating back to the first century BC, the Stadium of Antonino Pio, and many other remains of the Roman era. Sport and culture, the perfect mix for all cyclists who want to immerse themselves in the millennial history of Pozzuoli. Admired the places of interest of Pozzuoli and crossed the promenade, the tour moves to the Monte Nuovo. A volcano formed in 1538 that hosts rich vegetation and plants typical of the Mediterranean. On Monte Nuovo there are routes to be covered by bicycle: easy paths, climbs, descents that reach the top. An effort repaid by the spectacular panorama that can be admired from the highest part of the mountain, from which you can admire Lake Lucrino and the whole coast of Puteolian.


Diving: unforgettable dives with the Campi Flegrei Diving Center

From dry land to crystal clear sea. This is also what it means to live a vacation in the Phlegraean Fields to the fullest. Under the surface of the water, the Phlegrean sea hides a world to discover, among archaeological finds, fauna and flora, a swim on the depths of the Phlegrean Fields is an unforgettable event. The Submerged Park of Bay, the shoal of Miseno, the Villa dei Pisoni, the Secca Fumosa. These are just some of the sites that you can visit with the guided dives of Centro Sub Campi Flegrei. A diving center that has been operating since 1992 all over the Phlegrean area and beyond. The diving center is located in Pozzuoli, Lucrino locality, within the area of the Underwater Park of Baia. The center offers a large number of services including diving courses for those less accustomed to the depths, underwater tourism that allows you to visit unimaginable places, equipment rental essential to face any adventure. Not only diving but also snorkeling and SDS. Snorkeling is an excursion that takes place at sea and allows you to observe the depths of the Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia. The snorkeling equipment consists of a mask, fins, and snorkel. The snorkel, or aerator (the snorkel) allows you to breathe without having to raise your head, the fins help you to swim with minimal effort, making the action more effective. Everyone can enjoy this aquatic discipline, from the oldest to the youngest. The DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) is a service that allows those who have never done a scuba course to try scuba diving with air-breathing apparatus at low depths accompanied by an instructor. The depths of the Phlegrean sea are home to exclusive worlds, relying on the Phlegrean Fields Diving Center is the best way to admire them.


Centro Sub Campi Flegrei

Where to stay in Campi Flegrei

To enjoy all these opportunities for an active holiday in Campi Flegrei, the ideal is to spend a week or a long week or even more days, considering that Campi Flegrei are well connected to the whole Campania region: Ischia, Capri, Procida, Naples, Caserta, Pompeii are all nearby, with a distance from 30 minutes to 1 hour and a half at most.

Visit Italy recommends a cosy hotel near the sea and also very close to the diving centre. This is the Villa Luisa Resort: a hotel with 37 rooms, including hotels and flats. In this hotel, you can relax in a wonderful wellness centre at the end of your active days: Villa Luisa is the ideal accommodation for those who travel for business, sport or want to visit the beauties of Campania, without renouncing to quietness and relax.

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