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Review of Underground Naples

Underground Naples
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US$17.56*
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Guided Naples Underground Tour with Transport
Ranked #8 of 489 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: In the underground of Naples lies a labyrinth of tunnels, tanks and cavities that form a real city which is the negative of the city on surface. The underground city spreads below the entire old town, its myths and legends are still alive in the imagination of all the Neapolitans. We are open every day The visit is composed of 3 different parts:1) greek and roman aqueductby taking 136 low and cozy steps, we will go 40 metres (120 feet) underground to visit some of the tufo caves excavated by the greeks (v sec. b.c.), also used as cisterns as water supply for our city for more than 23 centuries. the caves we are going to see are all very big and lit, but just one narrow yet optional part, which turns out to be the most suggestive section of the tour since it is only be lit by the candle light, moreover the floor is completely even. the visit lasts 1h30. of the overlaid of the roman theatre2) roman theatrevisit of a part of roman theatre in naples, overlaid in the xv century , by the modern buildings wich are now in via anticaglia, vico cinquesanti e via san paolo. you are going to enter a traditional neapolitan house, commonly called "basso" (low), because it is at the street level, already part of the roman theatre. by setting back a bed and opening a trapdoor you will be able to see the places where the emperor nero had his own private backstage, every time he came to perform in naples. the visit lasts 20 minutes.3) summa cavea (upper part of the roman theatre)the tour has been recently made bigger and complete with a new discovery. thus, in an ancient neapolitan carpentry workshop a new section of the theatre came out and right here a permanent nativity cribs exhibition was installed with more than thirty ancient "scarabattoli" (wooden shrines used for the nativity scenes to be shown) which show nativity scens and popular daily life. opus reticulatum and latericium construction all around the theatre walls. in the latest section brought to life of the roman theatre another discovery was made, thus, in the floor small channels of the aqueduct were used for the water to rush through, though they had been obstructed for a very long tme by the sawdust from the carpentry workshop. channels used as sewers during the bourbon period., released with bluish tiles, these very channels are now protected with grates to be seen by visitors.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Must do if you are in Naples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Took this trip while spending a day along Scappanapoli and it was really worthwhile. Lots of history and architecture and comes right up to WW2. Good value and a un twist in the tail. Excellent guide in English, good value and she refused to accept a tip! It is underground so you must expect parts of it to be a little claustrophobic but fine for most people.

Visited March 2014
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“Spooky hour-and-a-half tour of a vanished world.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This tour is a must. Check it out, if you love the spookiness and scabrous excitement of this long vanished world. Its all here,ranging from the fantastically ornate to the austere Gothe of the Monestery of Santa Chiana and for contrast,the church of Gesu N'uovo with its rich inlaid marbles,paintings and sculptures. Hunt out the side chapel where the 70 busts of saints are perched serenely on top of their reliquaries as if in miniature opera boxes.
Even without guides this subterranean look-see at a bygone world is a thrill for the senses. Be patient, as their are a lot of humanity wanting to share your own private Idaho

Visited October 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“very recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

The tour is very recommended, particularly if you guide is English speaking Italian guy (I forgot his name? he is 29 years old), his English is great. As I understand he is the one who takes English speaking tour.He is very smart, funny and intelligent. We all really enjoyed his tour, and even had a couple of ppl joining as from Italian speaking tour, since our guy was just outstanding. So give them a call and ask what time your group will be leaving. A hint: your Art card would give you a little discount. Next door you will find a real limoncello factory. They sell a real stuff not, a chemical alcohol you can buy on streets and tourist shops. Price and taste are great!

Visited March 2014
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“Different view of old Naples.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Napoli Sotterranea could only exist in a city as old and varied as Naples. After viewing all of the lovely monuments above ground, this tour gives you the opportunity to explore deep beneath the city, in the quarries dug by the Greeks, expanded by the Romans for waterworks, and finally utilized for underground shelter during World War II. We took the English tour, with a young Italian woman guide who spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the site. You descend many steps at the start of the tour, and are led through a variety of chambers, from the monumental in size to the narrowest. At the narrowest point, you are given a candle to help you wend your way through the fissures in the rocks, to a chamber containing a beautiful basin of clear running water. It is otherworldly and quite remarkable. A second part of the tour leads you back above ground into a second building, with an excavated portion of the former Roman amphitheater in its basement. Our tour group was small, thankfully, and the entire tour took about 90 minutes; we shared the site with a rambunctious group of Italian high school students, but we rarely overlapped with them, and had a quiet and comfortable tour. It is not for claustrophobes or those uncomfortable underground, but it's an adventurous change from the above-ground sights of beautiful Naples.

Visited March 2014
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“Not for fat people, pregnant women, the elderly, or people carrying babies!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

First very important item: If you're claustrophobic, this is NOT the tour for you! It's also not for you if you are any of the following:
(1.) Overweight/obese
(2.) Pregnant
(3.) Carrying an infant or with a small child
(4.) Elderly
(5.) Physically handicapped in any way

There are a ton of stairs going down which are small and steep, and the steps going back up, while thankfully wider are endless. I'm a relatively fit young adult and my thighs were burning before we reached the top.

The entrance tunnel itself is incredibly narrow, so narrow that I had to walk sideways. There is another tunnel at the end that is even narrower, 40cm across. Now I'm an average sized girl who's 5'6 and even I had to bend and squeeze through. It's also in utter darkness which is why you see the nice photos with the candles. The candles don't help much, but are pretty to photograph.

Larger and taller companions were unable to enter the last tunnel, and of course if you're at all claustrophobic this is not the tour for you. I was fine, size-wise but I would've loved more time to look around and more explanation. I've been in quite a few 'undergrounds' and I could see that this experience could be so much more.

On the plus side: the guides are fluent in English, you get to see the literal underground, and it's quite fun to go crawling around dark tunnels! If you are any larger than the average size though, you may be in trouble. Fee is 10 Euros for adults, 8 Euros for students.

Visited March 2014
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