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Underground Naples

Underground Naples: Our most recommended tours and activities

Underground Naples: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Underground Naples: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

2. Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

Explore the complex of San Lorenzo Maggiore, at the geographic center of ancient Naples, and the subterranean treasures that lie beneath it. See colorful frescoes in the Sisto V Hall, the Gothic charm of the Chamber Hall, and excavated relics in the museum. Marvel at the beauty of the San Lorenzo Maggiore Church and its Franciscan frescoes before gazing at the stunning ceiling frescoes in the Sisto V Hall. Pass through the Cloister and visit Chapter Hall, decorated with a Gothic portal from the late fourteenth century. Then, descend 10 meters underground and discover the ancient ruins of the Neapolis, the old Greek-Roman city which was founded in 470 B.C. Discover the ancient commercial heart of the city, the Macellum (market). End your visit with some time in the museum, which presents a cross-section of the history of Naples from the classical age until the nineteenth century.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

3. Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

Delve into the historic site of Underground Naples with entry and a guided tour. Join an adventure from the Spanish Quarters into the hidden depths of the city. Explore the winding tunnels and pass by the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct. Make your way to the Spanish Quarters to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy listening to a brief introduction as you prepare to enter the tunnels into Underground Naples. Pass beneath the streets as you learn about the history of the city from its first transformations at the hands of the Greeks to the development of the Neapolitan Aqueduct into an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

4. Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views of the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Visit the oldest part of the city and wander its narrow streets, filled with character and vivacity. See the church of Gesù Nuovo and its masterpieces, the monastery of Santa Chiara and walk through the most famous "Spaccanapoli" with its outstanding Baroque and Renaissance palaces, countless charming little shops, coffee bars and pizzeria. Explore the underground Roman ruins, buried beneath the city. See the monumental part of the city with its most famous landmark — Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle, the Royal Palace, the Teatro di San Carlo and the Galleria Umberto, an elegant 19th-century shopping mall.

Naples: Tour of the Undergrounds with an Archaeologist

5. Naples: Tour of the Undergrounds with an Archaeologist

Embark on an archaeological journey through the vast underground 40 meters beneath the streets of Naples. Move through time past ancient cisterns, aqueducts, and World War II-era air raid shelters. Start your tour at Piazza San Gaetano. Go through Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the oldest churches in the city, to find the entrance to the underground. Go down to the ancient Greek cisterns carved into the hard stone. Arrive at the lowest point on the route and walk through the tunnels to the ancient Roman water collection tanks. Move along a trail used by the Knights Templar during the Middle Ages before entering air-raid shelters from the 1940s.

Naples: Half-Day Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

6. Naples: Half-Day Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Meet your guide front of the fountain of Neptune in Municipio Square. Walk along as your guide points out and explains the reasons behind the mixture of Greek, Roman, medieval, and Baroque architecture styles. Learn about the diversity of religious belief systems that have co-existed in Naples which is represented in places like San Gregorio Armeno market which has both Pagan and Christian symbols. Explore several artisan shops at the San Gregorio Armeno market. Hear about Neapolitan culture and food as you take in the vibe on colorful and lively streets. Continue to the monumental area of Naples to enjoy the view of the medieval Angiò’s castle and see the neoclassical Theater of San Carlo. Pass by the “Galleria Umberto I" shopping center and stroll along the ancient Via Toledo street to the grandiose Piazza Plebiscito square. Have some free time to do some shopping or go and get some lunch. Visit the archaeological excavations of “La Neapolis Sotterrata” which are located under the San Lorenzo Maggiore church. Explore the remains of an ancient Roman market.

Naples: LAPIS Museum Guided Visit in Italian

7. Naples: LAPIS Museum Guided Visit in Italian

The Water Museum is the hub of the underground path of the Basilica of Pietrasanta. This fantastic hydraulic engineering project brings the ancient Greco-Roman cisterns back into operation. This complex, located in the historic center of Naples, was built by the architect Cosimo Fanzago in the mid-seventeenth century, on the remains of the Ancient Temple of the goddess Diana. The Basilica of Pietrasanta, today LAPIS Museum, boasts a suggestive underground path, a "Submerged Decumanus". Today the cisterns find water and runoffs, and have been enhanced by a technical lighting system that emphasizes volumes and vaults thanks to lights and colors. A significant step was taken by installing the first archaeological lift in the historic center, capable of connecting the environment of the crypt with the subsoil in just 20 seconds, descending to a depth of 35 meters and 2000 years back in time.

From Rome: Taste of Naples Tour with Underground Caverns

8. From Rome: Taste of Naples Tour with Underground Caverns

Take your taste buds on an adventure on a tour of Naples from Rome. Ride the train from Rome. Enjoy the city sights and eat your fill with a traditional breakfast, street food, Neapolitan pizza, and a sweet Babà (syrup-soaked sponge cake). Relax in the comfort of your business class train seat as you travel to Naples. Get to Naples quickly on a high-speed train. Meet your guide at the station. Have a delicious breakfast once you arrive. After breakfast, head underground to see the old parts of the city that were created by the ancient Greeks. Continue to Via dei Tribunali street to try some traditional street food. Sit down with a classic Neapolitan pizza and a beer for lunch. Gaze out at stunning views of Vesuvius and the picturesque waterfront as you eat. Walk along the wide boulevards of Royal Naples for views of the palace and the church of San Francesco di Paola. Complete your day in Naples with a delectable Babà cake before boarding your high-speed train back to Rome.

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What people are saying about Underground Naples

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,871 reviews

Usually I do not follow the guide because I am bored with Marco, however, while leading the visitation I have never been bored, on the contrary I have had a lot of fun. He is very animated and prepared, if I could advise everyone to do with him I did it more than willingly.

An amazing tour showing some real history of Naples. Our guide was wells Spoken and very informative. Threw in a few jokes too for good measure. Strongly recommend!! It was also very cool down in the caves and felt nice to not be sweating for a change

We booked this last minute and it was honestly incredible. So different. Alex was so informative and we all had a great laugh. Really cool to see a city from this perspective and we will definitely recommend it to anyone going to Napoli.

WE VISITED WHAT ANCIENTLY WAS THE AQUEDUCT OF NAPLES VERY SPACIOUS AND BRIGHT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A SHORT SECTION WHERE WE HAD TO WALK IN THE DARK BETWEEN TWO WALLS IN THE TOGETHER NOT AT ALL IMPRESSIVE

Guide was great and made the tour really interesting