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Napoli Sotterranea: Discover the mysterious underground of Naples!

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The Napoli Sotterranea, also known as the "Underground Naples," is a fascinating labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that lies deep beneath the city of Naples. Its historical origins date back to antiquity when these underground spaces were used as aqueducts, burial sites, and shelters. During the Roman Empire, the tunnels served as a water supply system for the city. In the Middle Ages, they were utilized for defense and escape routes. Later in history, they became hiding places for smugglers and pirates.

Napoli Sotterranea thus tells the multifaceted history of Naples, showcasing the city's adaptability over the centuries. Today, parts of this underworld are accessible to visitors, providing a captivating insight into the city's past.

What awaits you in the Underground of Naples

The Greek-Roman Theater of Napoli Sotteranea

The Greek-Roman Theater of Naples, also known as the Theater of Nerone, is a remarkable archaeological site located within the Napoli Sotterranea, the underground complex of Naples. This ancient theater dates back to the 1st century AD and was initially built by the Romans. It could accommodate around 2,400 spectators.What makes this theater particularly unique is that it was carved directly into the tuff rock beneath Naples, rather than constructed above ground. Over the centuries, it was gradually buried and forgotten until its rediscovery in the 1950s.Visitors to the Theater of Nerone can explore its well-preserved seating areas, stage, and the fascinating acoustic qualities that allowed performers to be heard clearly by the audience. This historical gem provides valuable insights into the cultural and architectural achievements of ancient Naples and is a must-visit attraction for history enthusiasts.

The War Museum of Napoli Sotteranea

The War Museum of Naples, located within the Napoli Sotterranea or Underground of Naples, is a compelling historical institution that sheds light on the city's role during World War II. This museum features a diverse collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents that illustrate the impact of the war on Naples and its residents.Visitors to the museum can explore a wide range of exhibits, including wartime memorabilia, personal stories of local heroes, and detailed accounts of the city's experiences during the conflict. Some of the key highlights include displays on the Allied occupation of Naples, the resilience of its people, and the challenges they faced during wartime.The War Museum offers a unique opportunity to delve into the history of Naples during a pivotal period and gain a deeper understanding of the city's contribution to the broader narrative of World War II. It serves as a tribute to the bravery and endurance of the Neapolitan population during challenging times.

The CO.R.E Gallery

 The CO.R.E Gallery, an exhibition space in the tunnels, offers contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events that expand the experience of Napoli Sotterranea with modern artistic elements.

Tufello Wine Experience

The Tufello Wine Experience allows visitors to taste wines from the vineyards of Naples, which are stored in the underground cellars of the complex, providing a unique connection between wine and history.

Hypogeum Gardens

Finally, the Hypogeum Gardens are underground gardens created amidst the ancient tunnels, offering a peaceful and green oasis amid the bustling city life. Napoli Sotterranea is not only a historical treasure but also a place where history, art, culture, and enjoyment come together.

 

Highlights of Napoli Sotteranea

  • Historical Layers: Napoli Sotterranea contains remnants from various epochs, including Roman aqueducts, medieval defense tunnels, and traces of the Renaissance. This diversity of historical layers makes it a unique archaeological treasure.
  • Mysterious Passageways: Hidden within the underground tunnels of Naples are secret passages and concealed chambers once used by smugglers and pirates. Exploring these mysterious passages is an exciting adventure.
  • Catacombs and Tombs: A portion of Napoli Sotterranea consists of impressive catacombs and ancient burial sites. These provide insights into burial traditions and beliefs of bygone eras.
  • Underground Gardens: Surprisingly, the tunnels of Napoli Sotterranea also house underground gardens with plants and green spaces. These oases of tranquility offer a contrast to the urban bustle above ground.

 

Opening Hours of Napoli Sotteranea

Monday to Sunday

Tours in English: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM
(Thursdays at 9:00 PM, by reservation only, for a minimum of 10 people) 

Tours in Italian: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM (Thursdays at 9:00 PM, by reservation only, with a minimum of 10 participants) 

Tours in other languages, group tours, or tours outside of regular hours are available by reservation only.

 

Reservation of  of Napoli Sotteranea

No special reservation is required. 

City Pass users can go directly to Napoli Sotteranea and join the next available time slot.Turbopass customers have priority but cannot skip the line. Visitors only need to show their City Pass. 

At the end of the tour, you will receive a pizza included in the ticket.

 

Restrictions of Napoli Sotteranea

  • Exploring Napoli Sotterranea: Accessibility and ConsiderationsAre you considering a visit to the Napoli Sotterranea, also known as the Underground of Naples? Here are some important details to help you plan your excursion. 
  • Recommended for All Ages: The Napoli Sotterranea is an excursion suitable for all age groups, including elderly individuals. The path is designed to be accessible, and handrails are available along the stairs to assist visitors.
  • Concerns about Claustrophobia: If you have concerns about claustrophobia, you can rest easy. The underground spaces within the Napoli Sotterranea are quite spacious, and there are no tight or narrow tunnels along the main route. There is one narrow tunnel, but it's optional. If you'd rather avoid it, you can wait for the group outside. The typical waiting time is around 10 minutes.
  • Traveling with a Stroller: Unfortunately, the Napoli Sotterranea is not stroller-friendly. To access the underground, you'll need to descend 121 low and wide steps. Elevators or escalators are not available for this purpose. However, you can leave your stroller at the main entrance and retrieve it upon exiting the underground.
  • Visiting with Young Children: Bringing young children along for the Napoli Sotterranea tour is absolutely possible and encouraged. The attraction is suitable for visitors of all ages, including very young children.
  • In summary, the Napoli Sotterranea is an inclusive attraction, welcoming visitors of various age groups and accommodating specific needs like concerns about claustrophobia and accessibility. It's a unique historical site that offers a memorable experience for all who wish to explore the fascinating underground world of Naples.

 

 

How to get to Napoli Sotteranea

From the main train station (Piazza Garibaldi): Take Metro Line 1 heading towards Piscinola and get off at the Dante station. 

From Capodichino Airport: From Terminal 1 (in front of Banco di Napoli), take the ANM ALIBUS bus to the Piazza Garibaldi stop, then transfer to Metro Line 1 heading towards Piscinola and get off at the Dante station. 

From the port: Head to Piazza Municipio, then take Via De Pretis and board Bus Line R4 heading towards Cardarelli Hospital. Disembark at Piazza Dante. 

In all cases, you should plan for a short walk of a few minutes to reach your destination.

 

How to get to Napoli Sotteranea

Address:
Piazza San Gaetano, 68, 80138 Napoli NA, Italien

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Don't miss out on the impressive underground system of Naples. With your Naples City Pass, we offer you free admission. As a special bonus after your captivating tour of Napoli Sotterranea, you will also receive a complimentary pizza to round off your Naples experience in a delicious way. Enjoy your meal!

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