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Bible Meaning: Little wells (mineral springs), sulphurous springs
Strong's Concordance #G4223

Puteoli (modern name Pozzuoli) was a commonly used and important Roman Empire port in Italy. It is located roughly 170 miles (274 kilometers) from Rome.

The Apostle Paul, toward the end of his fourth missionary journey, first landed on the Italian mainland at Rhegium (Acts 28:12 - 14). He then sailed to Puteoli where Christians met and fellowshipped with him for seven days before his travel continued, on foot, using the famous Appian Way.

The Life and Epistles of St. Paul writes that news about Paul's presence in Italy would have traveled quickly.

"Puteoli, from its trade with Alexandria and the East, must necessarily have contained a colony of Jews, and they must have had a close connection with the Jews of Rome. What was true of the Jews would probably find its parallel in the Christians. St. Paul met with disciples here and, as soon as he was among them, they were in prompt communication on the subject with their brethren in Rome" (chapter 23).

Location of Puteoli in Italy Map
Location of Puteoli

Important Verses

Acts 28:11 - 15
And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.

And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.

And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.

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References are based on the
King James Bible translation (KJV).