Historical Heritage of Naples: Napoli Sotterranea

Napoli Sotterranea

The Naples Underground (Italian: Napoli Sotterranea) is a labyrinth of ancient aqueducts, passages and cisterns hidden 40 m (131 ft) below the Historic Center of Naples, southern Italy.




Five interesting facts about the Naples Underground:

  • The 280-km (450 mi) subterranean network was formed by the Greeks in the 4th century BC to extract tufa stone used in construction and to channel water from Mt Vesuvius.
  • In the Augustan period (1st century BC – 1st century AD), the Romans used the chambers and pathways to build aqueducts that provided water for many centuries of Neapolitans.
  • The network of passages and cisterns was used as an air raid shelter during World War II.
  • The first Hypogeum Gardens in the world (an experiment to grow various species of plants far from pollution and light) can be found in the dark chambers underneath the city.
  • It won't be possible to carry out the visit autonomously, there will always be a guide to accompany you during your visit; the path is authorized and the tour obtained State concession.


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Ancient Greek–Roman aqueduct

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Hypogeum Gardens, with plants growing underground

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Old photo of Naples

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Toy cars left behind after WWII

Toy car

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Air raid shelter during WWII

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Lighting candles

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Tourists light candles 

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Discovering an ancient water cystern by candlelight

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Underground tunnel


Have you ever visited the Naples Underground? What are your impressions of the place? Feel free to post a comment below.






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Find more information about opening times and ticket prices for visiting the Naples Underground on the oficial website: https://www.napolisotterranea.org/

5 comments

  1. Seems like an interesting site and also a bit of a different type of visit! I'll keep this in mind when I visit Naples

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  2. I've been here! Your photos are much, much better than mine. Italy is one of my favorite places to visit. SO much history and so much good food.

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  3. Wow, Naples looks amazing. My parents have been but I never have. It's definitely on my bucket list!

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