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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. Choose the tour and pizza option to enjoy some tasty pizza at the end of your tour of the Naples Underground.

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: 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: City and Lapis Museum Tour with an Archaeologist

5. Naples: City and Lapis Museum 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

6. 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: 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.

Naples: Spanish Quarter and Underground Naples Walking Tour

8. Naples: Spanish Quarter and Underground Naples Walking Tour

The Spanish quarters and underground Naples A labyrinth of narrow streets full of street art, votive shrines, and dedications written on hearts hanging from characteristic alleys. The Spanish quarters are among the city's most characteristic places. Built in the 16th century to house Spanish troops, they were shunned for centuries; recently the neighbourhood residents have given a new face to this corner of the city, which now conveys a strong sense of belonging. From there we will move to the historic centre where we will discover a city under the city made up of underground passages and cisterns. Meeting point near Toledo Station Line 1 located in Via Toledo

Naples: Historic centre guided tour with Underground Entry

9. Naples: Historic centre guided tour with Underground Entry

Experience Naples the right way on this small group tour with a local guide. Stroll through the charming chaos of the UNESCO-sited historical centre before delving underground to see how it all started. Giuseppe, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘This tour is a great fusion of Napoli’s past and present. You’ll learn about the city’s Roman routes and explore what is now one of the largest historic centres in Europe. It’s also totally unique – you won’t see men singing Neomelodic music from their balconies anywhere else.’ Listen to the buzz of the local dialect as you admire churches, elegant squares and historic buildings of the historic centre. See traditional fast food such as sfogliatella pastries and Pizza Portafoglio – folded-up pizza to take away. Admire the architecture of the Church of San Gregorio Armeno and walk down its connecting street. ‘This street is famous for the Presepe – nativity scenes – which are handmade. You’ll see countless figures from religious and historical to modern day icons and footballers.’ says local guide Giuseppe. Next up, a descent of 121 to Underground Naples. From ancient aqueducts to air raid shelters and hidden escape routes, the tunnels hold years of history. Discover an old water tank by candlelight and see a touch of modernity with the first underground vegetable patch. The tour comes to an end at the remains of an ancient Greco-Roman theatre. ‘The remains were discovered in the late 19th century and it can be accessed through a trapdoor under the bed of a private house’, says Giuseppe.

Naples: Underground and City Private Walking Tour

10. Naples: Underground and City Private Walking Tour

Uncover the fascinating history of Naples, where facts and fiction live side by side Approximately three thousand years ago, Greek settlers coming from the island of Rhodes landed in the bay at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Here, on a hill directly overlooking the sea and nearby island, they established a trading post. The new settlement was given the name Parthenope, in honor of the siren who subjected sailors to her seductive song off that island's enchanted shores. After falling in love with one of those sailors, the same cunning Ulysses who knew how to resist her song, she took her own life, hopeless after his rejection. Her body was buried in the bay, which passes down the memory of her voluptuous figure with its sinuous outline. Historical fact and myth merge in the stories about the birth of one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in Italy. From history, we know that in the mid-fifth century BC, during the struggles for supremacy between the Greeks and Etruscans on the Tyrrhenian coast, the inhabitants of the Greek city Cuma founded a bigger and more solid city downstream of Parthenope and called it Nea Polis, or "new city". Never has a name been more appropriate for a city where ancient and modern live together daily in an eternal present. It was Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman, French, and Spanish before it was ever Italian, but also a bit Arabic, African and in recent times even American and Asian... the thousand faces of Naples show themselves in every corner of the city, which has preserved the urban layout adopted by its Cuman founders in its ancient center intact. Under the churches, the palaces and the streets that come together in its dense urban fabric, a parallel city unfolds, never completely abandoned, which is made up of archaeological remains, streets and tunnels dug over the centuries into the soft tufa rock which makes up this restless terrain with its volcanic origins. Our journey to discover the foundations of Naples starts off from Via dei Tribunali, which retraces the path of the Decumanus Major, the main road axis of the standard Greco-Roman city. We will then come to the Forum, whose monumental ruins survive in the underground sections of the basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore. After a stop at the underground cemetery of the church dedicated to the souls in Purgatory, the scene of a macabre cult of the dead, we will come to the lively Piazza Bellini, where a portion of Greek wall is still visible. At the end of Via San Sebastiano stands the monastery of Santa Chiara, built in the fourteenth century on the site of Roman baths.

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Alex was our guide and he did a fantastic job. He told us the history of Naples from the Greek times until after WW2 in a one hour tour underground. You have to c

A wonderful tour of underground Naples, with a highly trained guide with clear explanations seasoned with a pinch of Neapolitan joy, which never hurts.

Easiest way to get from Sorrento to a Naples city centre. Worth the extra. Train is cheaper but takes too long.

If you choose this city for a visit, it is an amazing experience to discover the underground.

Amazing, the guide was fantastic and we learned a lot about the city of Naples. A must see!