Napoli Sotterranea: An Ancient Labyrinth Beneath Naples' Streets

Napoli Sotterranea

Naples Underground, or Napoli Sotterranea, provides a unique perspective on the southern Italian capital. Pre-Christian hypogea, Roman aqueducts, rainwater cisterns, and WWII air-raid shelters are just a few of the sights you'll see beneath the streets of Naples.

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The 450 kilometers (280 miles) underground network extends 40 meters (130 feet) below Naples, Italy's third-largest city. The oldest artifacts discovered on the site date back 5,000 years. Here, in the 4th century BC, the Ancient Greeks built subterranean tunnels for material to construct the city. Later, the Romans used them as aqueducts to transport water to public baths and for having a drink. During the Second World War, Naples was the Italian most heavily bombed city. People used the tunnels as a bomb shelter, and you can still see war relics in them, such as weapons and vehicles.

I enjoy visiting European underground worlds, both natural ones, like Palvolgyi Cave, and historical ones, like Paris Catacombs or St. John's Archcathedral Crypts in Warsaw. The underground labyrinth of tunnels, tanks, and cavities beneath Naples fascinates me for two reasons. The site is not only rich in history, but it is a great place to get away from the midday heat, especially in August. The tour itself exceeded my expectations. Almost anyone would enjoy such an experience. So, if you're in Naples or planning to visit it, don't miss the chance to visit the famous Napoli Sotterranea, a must-see attraction in this beautiful southern Italian city!

Naples Underground in Photos

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A narrow tunnel

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Greek cistern

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Air-raid shelter during WWII

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Remains of toys and beds

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Old car toy

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Plant breeding experiment

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Visitor Information

•  Inside Naples Underground, the temperatures are chilly all year, so bring a light jacket or sweater in the summer.
•  People with claustrophobia or who feel highly uncomfortable in small, dark rooms should not attempt this exercise.
•  A few sections of the route are optional due to the narrow tunnels and the need to use a candle.
•  There are no restrictions on taking kids.
•  You are welcome to bring your four-legged companions.
•  The excursions are approximately 60 minutes long.

How to Get There

The starting point for the Napoli Sotterranea tour is in the city's historic center, which has limited vehicular traffic. The Underground Naples Association's official entrance is at Piazza San Gaetano 68. Flags in white and blue mark the entry.

By Public Transportation:

Bus (lines 139, 168, 178, 182, 184, 584): Conte di Ruvo

Metro (line 1): Dante

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Naples Underground Tour Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

If you want to immerse yourself in a world beneath Naples, see relics from ancient times, and learn the city's history, book the Naples Underground Tour Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour. With a professional guide, you also visit the remains of the Roman Theater of Neapolis, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens and explore air-raid shelters from World War II.

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