Underground Naples

Underground Naples: Our most recommended tours and activities

Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Enjoy a unique underground experience with the official Underground Naples guided tour. Your guide will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological, and geological point of view. The tour includes a visit to the Greek-Roman Aqueduct, the remains of the Roman Theater, and the Summa Cavea, a new fragment of the Roman theater just brought back to life.  The guide will speak English or Italian, or you can follow the visit in other languages, thanks to the free multilingual app that you can download at the beginning of your visit.  In addition, a brochure in several languages is always delivered in order to follow the visit better. You may also take pictures along the way.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

2. 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: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

3. 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: City and Underground Tour with an Archaeologist

4. Naples: City and Underground Tour with an Archaeologist

Naples is one of the oldest cities in Italy and preserves the world's largest underground path: between Greek cisterns, Roman aqueducts, and WWII air shelters, 45% of the city's underground is practically empty. There are different ways to access the underground of Naples, and the experience will take you through a real hidden gem. Embark on a real archaeological journey in the undergrounds (the tour is the LAPIS Museum path). The tour starts from piazza San Gaetano, the ancient Greek-Roman square, where you'll walk through streets and local culture to understand the "underground cults of Naples." Admire a gothic church and peer through its glass floor at the remains of a previous ancient mosaic. Next, go 40 meters below the crowds of Naples through a doorbell in one of the oldest churches of the city: Santa Maria Maggiore. The church, built on a Pagan Roman temple dedicated to Diana, still features Roman structures. Keep journeying downwards to see the Greek cisterns carved into the tough stone. Once you arrive at the lowest point of the route, walk through the tunnels to reach the tanks used for the collection of water in Roman times. This trail was also used in medieval times as a secret passage by the Templar Knights and in 1943 as an airplane retreat. Many of the bathrooms, kitchens, and memorabilia are still preserved to this day.

Naples: City Center Walking Tour with Underground Entry

5. Naples: City Center Walking Tour with Underground Entry

A walk in the historic centre through alleys and streets, stories and experiences, flavours and traditions. A 'full immersion' in the Neapolitan city where every step is an encounter and knowledge, revealing an extraordinary multicultural Naples readable through the places 'above and below'. In fact, the historic centre is not only made up of historic palaces, enchanting squares, votive spires, churches with surprising monasteries, but also of artisan workshops, the famous S. Gregorio Armeno with its nativity scenes, street artists and atmospheres that change at every corner. It will be surprising to descend 121 steps and find the other face of the city, the Underground city with the Naples Underground tour.

Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

6. 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: 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

4.5 / 5

based on 1,616 reviews

Great tour with the excellent and knowledgeable guide, not for people with bigger bellies or claustrophobic though. The only problem was at the entry. I had confirmation that I paid for the tour but I didn't get the voucher which wasn't my fault. There were other people with the same problem. Staff at the entry was rude and not very helpful. They let us in eventually but with not very pleasant comment. Fortunately the tour was good enough to help us forget about unpleasant situation at the gate.

Amazing experience, definitely worth it for the price! Easily the best activity we did in Naples. There are small spaces below ground but most of the areas are wide and really well-lit. Take a drink though, there are quite a few stairs to come back out!

Great experience, we would not have known anything about the places we visited, if we hadn't done the tour we probably would not have known we could go in them.

It was great . The guid was super nice and he enjoyed us all the time.

Terrific tour, very interesting and the guide was a gem