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Visitor and background information for the Phlegraean Fields Archaeological Museum.

Opening hours:

The museum is open six days a week (closed on Monday) from 09.00 until one hour before sunset, with the last entrance being granted up to two hours before sunset.

Your Pompeii pass allows full entrance to the Phlegraean Fields Archaeological Museum and counts as a single entrance, just one of the 12 places covered by your pass.

Some history:

The area known as the Phlegraean Fields (Campi Flegrei) is a complex, ancient and fascinating one. Though nowadays largely underwater, the area was known to the Greeks (see their nearby colony at Cumae) and was hugely important during Roman times (see, amongst others, Pozzuoli and Baia); today it represents one of the most fascinating archaeological areas in the world. Hence this museum.

The area - the 'flaming fields' - was declared a regional park in 2003 and still shows signs of volcanic and hydrothermal activity. This latter was of great importance in Roman times, with Baia being a noted thermal resort. The hot spring complex there was home to the largest ancient dome in the world, a record subsequently claimed by the Pantheon in Rome.

The museum is located in the splendid Aragonese Castle (Castello di Baia) that dominates the landscape, sitting atop the promontory that looks out across the Baia/Pozzuoli Gulf and affords wide, open views. The museum holds pieces from all of the Phlegraean Fields sites, perhaps most notably from the Sacellum of the Augustales in Miseno and from the nymphaeum complex at Punta Epitaffio.

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