Nisida - legata alla terraferma da un cordone stradale



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Actually it is no more an isle since a long  masonry wharf linked it to the dry land. Its name comes from Nesis, that is " small isle". It also exists an impassioning legend about it, according to which Nisida was a splendid maiden courted tiresomely by Posillipo, son of a divinity and already betrothed. In a moment of exaltation of this not realizable feeling, Posillipo tried to kidnap Nisida, who to escape from him dived into the sea. Both were punished by the divine wrath and were turned into rocks: Posillipo, because he had disobeyed the supernatural wills; Nisida, because she refused to be loved by a son of the gods.

Its physical structure makes it appear of a circular shape, with a diameter of 5 km. And this confirms, with its unequivocal configuration, that we are in the presence of an extinct volcano.

Nisida - l'isola mancata

The isle Nisida

It became famous in ancient times for the banquets which were celebrated there, in Lucullus's villa. Later, Brutus chose it for his habitation and, after the attempt to Caesar, he met there Cicero. Nisida is also the place were it had its sad epilogue the life of Portia, Cato's daughter and wife of the conspirator that the dictator less expected. After the defeat of her husband, she killed herself swallowing burning coals.

In 1533, it was bought for an amount of 3000 ducats by Giovanni Piccolomini, duke of Amalfi, whose successors had a stern castle built there.

In the XVII century, maybe more than in the past, it became place of mysterious meetings and illicit activities.

During the years of the plague in Sicily, the duke of Alba had a lazaretto built there.

In the XVIII century, it was protagonist together with the Castle of Baia of the Phlegraean coastal defence. This function almost disappeared during the following century, when Nisida became a penitentiary, in which they were imprisoned famous personages, among whom the most important is Luigi Settembrini.

Nowadays it is a military garrison.

Nisida, Bagnoli e Posillipo formano uno scenario incantevole

Nisida (on the right), Posillipo (on the left), the sandy shore of Bagnoli with its wharfs now in disuse

The beauty of this place was often honoured by large groups of visitors, who chose it as a destination of their trips by boat; they landed at the little port called porticciuolo del Gallo and passed there a care-free day.

Gianni PICONE " Da Posillipo a Cuma "

Information for the visitor


It is possible to take pictures or to effect shots except in some places where this is forbidden because of military stationings.

Visitors are invited to assume a respectful behaviour towards the environment and the works in the Archaeological Park. Trespassers will be prosecuted under the laws in force.

It may be dangerous to venture on not authorized routes.

How to reach the isle of Nisida



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Road network:

from Naples (highways)

Enter the Tangenziale of Naples direction Pozzuoli. Exit n. 11 Agnano. At the cross road turn left direction Napoli - Fuorigrotta - Bagnoli. Follow indications for Coroglio - Nisida.

from Naples (downtown - main station of piazza Garibaldi)

Direction Porto - Piazza Municipio. Continue for Mergellina and Fuorigrotta. Here it is possible to enter the Tangenziale direction Pozzuoli (Exit n. 11 Agnano), or to go on for via Domiziana as far as arriving at the cross road with via Nuova Agnano. Turn left and cover via Nuova Agnano as far as the cross road with via Docleziano from which turn right and follow indications for Bagnoli - Coroglio - Nisida.

from Rome to Naples - via Domiziana   

Continue for Baia Domizia, Mondragone, Castel Volturno. Then cover the freeway SS. n 7 Quater which takes on the Tangenziale of Naples (Exit n. 11 Agnano), or cover via Domiziana (SS. n 7 Quater). Follow indications for Pozzuoli, Napoli, Bagnoli - Coroglio - Nisida.