Places The Entrance to Hades by Annie July 29, 2009 written by Annie July 29, 2009 The Entrance to Hades exists, according to Carlo Santillo, a tour guide for the Grotta della Sibilla. Hidden along a walking path at Lago Averno, the grotta (cave) is a 300-foot long Roman tunnel with many corridors that once interconnected, but now end in dirt or water. One of these passageways, Carlo insists, leads to the swampy Styx where Aeneas passed on his way to the Underworld. After peering into murky water, we walk to the very end of the tunnel where a grand stairwell spirals down into a waiting room. A mammoth stone juts in the middle with an arched opening. Crouching through, on the other side we walk along a wooden plank above two watery caverns where, Carlo explains, the Sibyl once bathed and then gave her dual-meaning predictions. Whatever the truth, the inky darkness illuminated by Carlo’s candles convinces everyone that Pluto himself likely roams close by. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Capua Amphitheater next post Bolognese Street Artists Related Posts StayAssisi – Il Nido Tranquillo September 30, 2020 L’Antica Vetreria: Right inside a village with pool... September 30, 2019 Get an Adrenaline Rush at Gole del Raganello September 30, 2019 Brigolante Guest Apartments — Assisi Countryside Accommodation September 30, 2017 Splendors of Sicily Walking Tour September 30, 2016 The Well of Santa Maria in Via July 14, 2016 The Magnificent Views of Belvedere Marittimo June 7, 2016 Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato February 2, 2016 Risiera di San Sabba January 27, 2016 Venice: Secret Passages of The Doges Palace January 11, 2016 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.