Naples Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins in Naples, Italy

Naples Ancient Ruins

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  • Ivona Myriel
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a beautiful place in a challenging city like Naples! Thanks to interesting guided tours can one dive in a complete other world. Tours with Emanuele are an invitation to a great adventure to discover the first centuries of the Christian church, how different it was in that time than nowadays. If you wanna know, why the word "divine" can easily be derived from "the wine", come and book a tour with Emanuele. No problem to get tickets, easily to go through. Wonderfully spent time, if you want to know Naples better fom its magnificent side.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Ugo P
    6 contributions
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    This is a spectacular site. There is tunnel, half a mile long, dug by the slaves of a rich Roman (an impressive engineering feat) that takes you to a site with the rich guy's (Pollio was his name) villa. The gentleman had a private open-air theatre seating 2,000 people, a smaller one where you could see the stage without leaving the comfort of your bedroom, and a good portion of the villa itself. The viwews are spectacular, you can see Pozzuoli on one side and the Vesuvius on the other. The guide, Stefania, was outstanding. Not only she is extremely knowledgeable, but she is also very good at explaininng things at a level that non-specialists like me can understand. I highly recommend a visit. I was there in the morning, but I think that visiting at sunset time must be amazing, as you can see the sun set over Ischia.
    Written 28 December 2023
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  • Sue W
    Ilkeston, UK1,186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are several underground attractions in Naples and they seem to get booked up well in advance. This one wasn't so it was the only one we had time for. It is under the basilica and has the remains of the street with its various shops and buildings alongside some intricate mosaics. There is also a museum over several floors which has relics, artefacts and religious costumes. They have audi guides available via an app.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Joey F
    Boston, MA17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles

    In early May we had the pleasure of spending a morning with famed archeologist Carlo Leggieri and his associate Alessandro Castellano exploring the Greek period of Naples’ rich history. Alex coordinated our visit, meeting us at the National Archeological Museum (MANN). This tour was excellent, beyond our expectations. We highly recommend it for history lovers who desire an in-depth look at this portion of the history of Naples. Alex took us on a short walk of the area outside the old city walls informing us of a short history of the area and how it fit into the evolution of the city. Our visit to the Greek tombs was preceded by an informative tutorial from Carlo and Alex in his excavation workshop located at an active archeological site. Carlo gave us a riveting history of the site and his involvement and excavation work to date. He had built a physical 3-D model of the area, so we were able to understand the layers of history we were about to see. The tombs are located very close to and beneath the two Roman aqueducts entering Naples from the mountains and beneath residences built in the 1700s and after, which were impacted extensively by the bombing of Naples during WW II and the required post war redevelopment.
    Carlo gave us his views in Italian and Alex did a masterful job of spontaneous translation to English. His tutorial was interactive, and Carlo enjoyed our questions and interest in his work. After the tutorial Carlo and Alex took us to see four separate burial chambers, which could be accessed only through present day residences, and a section of the Roman aqueduct. These were all within short walking distance from Carlo’s workshop and the first tomb. Carlo continued his tutorial in each of the chambers which have been excavated to varying degrees. He showed us the important elements of each site (original paintings and carvings on the walls, layout of the chamber and location of crypts within, likely items included when members of the family were laid to rest) and explained life and death in Greek Naples B.C.
    This was a superb tour. Carlo’s passion and devotion to the project were apparent throughout. We look forward to returning to see the progress of the excavation. Caro and Alex provide this tour to very small groups given the space constraints and the opportunity for the tour to be very interactive. They can be reached at carlo.celanapoli@gmail.com .
    Written 30 July 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia48,982 contributions
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    Teatro Greco-Romano is, or rather, was a theatre a very long time ago! It is completely underground and spread over several streets. Over time, houses and other buildings have been constructed over the theatre site. Above ground you wouldn't know it even existed, but of course it's a totally different story under the road surface. We took the theatre tour as part of the Napoli Sotterranea (Napoli Underground) Tour. The whole thing cost 10 euros and it was worth it, and we hardly ever go on tours, as we prefer to travel on our own. This one is a must. You see the theatre walls and other bits of it as you walk around, under the ground surface, and as you go up and down a number of steps. It is simply amazing. We entered through a door of what looked like a normal house in a normal Napoli street, and then the surprises started as we began to descend! Eventually we resurfaced and exited through a pizza shop! Quite an experience!
    Written 21 September 2017
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  • Francesco P
    Italy690 contributions
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    behind the via Duomo in Naples, a few meters from the Duomo of San Gennaro in Napoli, settle these excavations of an ancient building of Napoli from the Roman period, where it was practiced in ancient times the violent cult of the god Mithras. The religion practiced by the Thracian Gladiators worshiped one God that required human sacrifices. The only exhibit depicting the deity is very deteriorated but fascinating because it represents God in the Act of killing a white Bull, flanked by the symbols of the Sun and Moon, the dog, the Scorpion and the snake that assail the bull sacrifice. The symbolism is deep and probably archaic, forerunner of the cult of the blood of San Gennaro and the symbolism of the Archangel Michael. The site is open only on few occasions.
    Written 1 June 2014
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  • Leszek K
    Warsaw, Poland91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place we found by accident. After hours when we're looking for some kind of beach, we found a small, quiet place next to Palazzo degli Spiriti. You can take blanket with you, sit on the rocks and forgot about whole world
    Written 28 September 2018
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,411 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    These are the remains of the greek walls that for centuries have kept away the enemies of the city.

    Worth visiting for a bit of history and for future generations to enjoy.
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • iamwenzong
    Singapore, Singapore476 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    There was an English guided tour which was pretty interesting as she explained some of the history of Naples. We got to see some of the ancient ruins as well
    Written 15 May 2022
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