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Underground Naples
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Guided Naples Underground Tour with Optional Transport
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Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins
Ranked #8 of 813 things to do in Naples
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Awesome trip to the underground of Naples. We spent the day in Naples and are so glad we decided to visit this really cool site! The stairs didn't deter us, the chilly temperature once down below was refreshing and the guide was forthcoming with the history and so much information! A definite must see!

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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Friendly and informative tour guides. I would not recommend for small children, pyrophobia, people who suffer claustrophobia or have difficulty with steps. The tunnels are body space wide and you need to duck in places. Lots of steps, tour is slippery, but worth it! One section you carry a candle to walk the tunnel. I enjoyed the history and information. We did not finish the tour (we stopped at the half way mark, it is an option) as my 5yro started to get twitchy. I would def recommend visiting this piece of history!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The tour is divided in two parts, the first is really nice, walking around in the underground caverns below Naples (the kids loved it); the second part is rather boring and can just as well be skipped. Takes just above an hour in total.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Naples is one of the largest cities in Italy, but there is even more than you can see. Below the surface there is a whole network of tunnels, aqua ducts and buildings that are covered by the modern era.
The tour takes you below street level and our guide gave us a clear explanation of what happened there throughout the centuries. I loved the small tunnel, where we all walked sideways with a small candle for light. The last part was almost at street level, to see an ancient Roman theater, that was incorporated in apartment buildings.
If you don't like stairs... don't go. There is about 130 steps to go back to the surface!

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Although hard to first locate, a guided tour of underground Naples is a unique and informative experience of the history of the city. The tunnels first excavated to obtain stone from which the buildings of Naples of roman times were sourced and how they are used over the ages is fascinating.

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