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“14 days, 6 countries and this was voted our fav experience in our group!”
Review of Underground Naples

Underground Naples
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US$18.23*
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Guided Naples Underground Tour with Optional Transport
Ranked #8 of 502 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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Toronto, Ontario
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“14 days, 6 countries and this was voted our fav experience in our group!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Hola all,

A group of 4 of us voted this our favourite experience on a 14 European adventure. We had originally planned on doing another underground tour, it was closed when we arrived. We made the quick decision to hop in a cab and have them take us here (we were fortunate they knew where it was as it was a pretty far walk between the two). At 10 euro each, we thought this place had exceptional value for the money.

We luckily arrived just as an English speaking tour heading was heading in. Our guide was informative and engaging. We saw various examples to how the tunnels were used and loved the candle part (that's all I will say on that, don't want to ruin any surprises). We thought the tour over after about 40 minutes (and would have been happy with our purchase), then it continued to to other locations located outside the building.

This experience is not to be missed (unless their are mobility issues in your group as there stairs to enter and exit the tunnels).

Visited July 2014
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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!

Visited July 2014
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“Cool place - worth a visit for sure”
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.

Visited June 2014
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“Not the usual stuff”
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

The guide was a bit hasty, but the experience is worth doing. Watch out: buy the ticket only directly at the main entrance, at the ticket office.

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“Napoli Sotterranea-A very fascinating 2 hour tour of Naples history from Ancient Greeks to WWII”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I definitely recommend for those that can handle climbing up/down stairs, are not claustrophobic, and can fit through 45-40cm wide tunnels. You descend 119 stairs that spiral down forty meters to one section of a 400km underground, and walk through a narrow dark water channel where you are in a wide open cavern and where most of the tour takes place through that 1 km section. There is one point when you must hold a lit candle in front of you to squeeze thorough an even more narrow passage but you have the choice to sit this part out since the tour will return to that section where you can pick up any baggage left behind. If you have a tiny flashlight, you can use that instead and probably safer to give to a child to hold if going with children.
At 17 °C, it is a great escape from the outside heat. The humidity is about 90%, the walls & railings are wet with it, and ceilings sometimes drip with it.
It was first used by the Greeks as a quarry for building their walls using the volcanic tufa rock found there and transformed as a cistern which was improved and expanded by the Romans who used it as an aqueduct and cistern to provide water. The Neapolitans used the cisterns as drinking water until a cholera epidemic and then used it as a dumping ground until WWII when it was used as a bomb shelter in which thousands hid living there waiting for the war to end.

After the tough 120 stair climb up, you are led back outside through a ground level entrance under an apartment block to what was a lady’s bedroom and under her bed a secret entrance to her cellar where you descend down stairs to what is revealed as part of the Teatro Romano that runs underground Naples streets and housing. This amphitheater is where Nero famously performed and sang and during one of his performances an earthquake struck.

It is very fascinating see the ancient remains running underneath Naples' streets, and I recommend also going next door to San Lorenzo Maggiore Complex where you can wander around underground without a guide through the Roman Macellum (the Roman marketplace).

Visited June 2014
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