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Underground Naples

Underground Naples is a must to see in Naples.

A substratum rich of history and linked to the rediscovery of a rare, if not unique, heritage. Works of great civil engineering, left abandoned for a long time and today recovered to a new life thanks to the skilful work of Naples Underground. Indescribable beauties and suggestive places to be discovered.

For over 30 years, Underground Naples has been offering excursions to the most fascinating and evocative places in the belly of the city. The members of the Association are committed – without ever having received any type of funding from public institutions or private bodies – in the recovery and enhancement, for the purposes of public use, of the subsoil.

Their commitment is linked to a single purpose: to make Naples known and loved. The result has always been a winner. Those who visit these places fall in love with them, get excited.

Underground Naples represented a fundamental starting point for other realities born in Italy and Europe thanks to the competence and collaboration of the Association.

Taking part in the excursion means taking a 2400-year journey through history, from the Greek to the modern era, at a depth of 40 meters between tunnels and cisterns. During the excursion, in addition to admiring the remains of the ancient Greek-Roman aqueduct and the anti-aircraft shelters of the Second World War, we will visit the War Museum, the Hypogeum Gardens (www.ortipogei.it), the “Arianna” Seismic Station and much more.

Finally, it will be possible to visit for free the remains of the ancient Greek-Roman theater, accessible from private property.

It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and a sweatshirt in the summer months. Narrow paths, such as tunnels, are absolutely optional. Discovering Naples from another point of view is an opportunity not to be missed.

This is the only Official Authorized Route of the Napoli Sotterranea Association, and therefore the only site in which high safety standards are guaranteed. The entrance is in the heart of the historic center in Piazza San Gaetano n.68

The history of the Neapolitan subsoil:

The first artifacts of underground excavations date back to about 5,000 years ago, almost to the end of the prehistoric era. Subsequently, in the third century BC, the Greeks opened the first underground quarries to extract the blocks of tuff needed to build the walls and temples of their Neapolis and dug in numerous rooms to create a series of funerary hypogea. The imposing development of the underground network began in Roman times: the Romans in fact in the Augustan period endowed the city with road tunnels and above all with a complex network of aqueducts, fed by underground conduits coming from the sources of the Serino, 70 km away from the center. of Naples.

Remains of furniture, graffiti and various objects in excellent condition still testify to the great fear of bombing and the numerous periods of the day lived in the shelters, bringing to the surface an important and at the same time tragic slice of life in the history of the city.