Visit Augustean age Serino Acqueduct

Naples is a place of continuous discovery, even for its own inhabitants, also because of its vertical architectural stratification that hides (or as sometimes happens reveals) treasures and places of great charm.

Among these, we must remember the Roman Aqueduct of Serino, an immense work of Roman engineering of the Augustan era (around 10 AD) which had the task of solving all the water problems of the city. An immense work of more than 100 km long that had its origin in the Irpino plateau, on the sources of Mount Terminio and that concluded its course in the great cistern known as Piscina Mirabilis, today become an important archaeological site in the municipality of Bacoli (NA).

Given the complexity of the work, it is not easy even today to define with precision the original route of the aqueduct because of the historical-architectural changes that have invested over time the territory of Campania and Naples in particular. In any case, it is the same territory that, with the passing of time, gives back to its inhabitants places that can be traced back to the mammoth aqueduct and there are many professionals who are dealing with the preservation and research of these places.

Among these there is to report the work done by the association VerginiSanità that since 2011 is dealing with the protection and enhancement of one of these sites and its relative dialogue with the territory through exhibitions, conferences and study days.

Regarding the history of this place in particular, as historically has happened for several other places, its discovery is the result of chance, it was in fact September 2011 when under the foundations of a building in the Rione Sanità (Palazzo Peschici-Maresca) in what had become a deposit of sediment that were clearly observed and recognized the Roman arches. Since that day the work on the territory by the association has been unstoppable to allow the neighborhood, the city and the world to discover the beauty and ingenuity of a millennial work as the Augustan aqueduct of Serino.

Emanuele Castellano