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Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea)
Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea)

Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea)

Piazza San Gaetano, 68 , Naples, Campania, 80132

The Basics

Descend more than 130 feet (40 meters) below the lively streets of Naples to explore the city’s history, from the aqueducts dug by the ancient Greeks who lived in this area 2,400 years ago and later used by the Romans to the caverns excavated from the soft tufo stone and used as air raid shelters during World War II. A Naples Underground tour also includes visits to a fourth-century water cistern and the ruins of a Roman theater where Emperor Nero once performed.

Naples Underground is open to the public only as part of a guided tour, so booking in advance is imperative, especially during the busy summer months. You can also visit this underground city on a general Neapolitan walking tour or in combination with the nearby archaeological ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum with an expert tour guide.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

Much Love for the Napoli underground
Crystal_R, Mar 2022
Naples Underground Entrance Ticket
The tour guide was drenched in enthusiasm and information; I even recommend this for people who aren't interested in the subterranean life of Naples-the tour guide opens up your excitement.
Must-do and bargain
Patrick_M, Jan 2022
Naples Underground Entrance Ticket
What a journey through Naples underground! This will really transform your visit. And such a bargain. The tour guide from Milan deserves a raise.
Naples Sotterranea (Underground) Tour
moi4short2, Dec 2021
Naples Underground Entrance Ticket
There are several Naples Underground tours, so be sure you book the right one for you. This tour starts at Piazza San Gaetano and involves walking down 136 steps and also walking back up 136 steps as well as walking through the underground with some very dark and narrow passages. We found this first part of the tour to be very interesting. There is a second part that involves walking to a different location to see the remains of the Roman Theater. Since we have toured several Roman theaters before, we just left after seeing the first stop of this part of the tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The walking path through the underground city isn’t challenging, but comfortable shoes and a light jacket are recommended even in summer, as it can be cool underground.

  • Photography is allowed, so be sure to bring your camera.

  • The route is well lit, though there is a short stretch during which visitors walk by candlelight. For this reason, children under 3 years old are not allowed.

  • There are more than 100 steps down to access the tour route, so the tour is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

The street-level entrance to Naples Underground is at Piazza San Gaetano 68, along Via dei Tribunali in the historic center of the city. From the train station, you can take the metro line 1 to the Dante stop, or bus R2. Otherwise, opt for a tour that includes transportation to the piazza.

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When to Get There

Naples Underground tours operate year-round. It is one of the most popular sights in Naples, so be sure to book well ahead of time if visiting in summer. The best time to visit is during the afternoon heat, as the cool underground caverns and tunnels offer a welcome respite.

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The Summa Cavea

Naples Underground also includes the recently discovered Summa Cavea, the highest section of spectator seating from an ancient Greco-Roman theater under Vico Cinquesanti just behind Piazza San Gaetano.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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