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Underground Naples. 2400 fascinating years of history

By Tuesday, 10 January 2023 11:16

Underground Naples brings you back through 2400 fascinating years of history, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the capital of the Campania region.

The underground is 40 metres deep

The substratum of the southern Italian city is rich in history from the Greek era to modern times, and is to be found 40 metres deep through a labyrinth of tunnels, caves and passages, and contains from works of great civil engineering to the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman aqueduct and Second World War air-raid shelters. You can also visit the War Museum, the Hypogean Gardens (www.ortipogei.it), the Arianna Seismic Station that measures and monitors earthquake updates every three minutes, and much more, long left abandoned and now restored to new life. 

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The Greeks started the excavations

The history of underground Naples is a fascinating one, and began with the first underground excavations some 5,000 years ago, almost to the end of the prehistoric era. Later, in the 3rd century B.C., the Greeks opened the first underground quarries to extract the blocks of tufa needed to build the walls and temples of their Neapolis, and excavated numerous rooms to create a series of funerary hypogea. 

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From ancient Romans to WWII

In Roman days, under the Emperor Augustus, the Romans provided the city with road tunnels and a complex network of aqueducts fed by underground conduits from the Serino springs, 70 km away from the centre of Naples.  Just wide enough for a man to pass through, the tunnels of the aqueduct branched off in all directions to supply fountains, businesses and dwellings, and in places traces of the hydraulic plaster used by the engineers in antiquity to waterproof the tunnels, can still be seen on the walls. During WWII the ancient passageways were used as air-raid shelters to protect against the disastrous bombing of the city.  Remains of furniture and graffiti in an excellent state of preservation still testify today to those terrible days for the city and its residents. 

Guaranteeing high levels of safety

The official authorized route of the Associazione Napoli Sotterranea – the tour lasts about two hours -  is the only site where the highest safety standards are guaranteed. The entrance is in the heart of the historic centre of Naples at Piazza San Gaetano 68.  Comfortable shoes and a sweatshirt are advised for the summer months, and for anxious visitors narrow paths, such as tunnels, are optional.  

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