What To Expect
Naples is a city whose roots run deep. Its complex history is so profound that only a visit beneath the present-day city surface will uncover the complete picture. The historical center of Naples articulates the stratification of various epochs and how preexisting levels have encompassed later ones. Underneath the chaotic alleys of the historic center lies a curious maze of tunnels, imperial structures and cisterns.
During our three-hour Underground Naples walk, we will explore a series of spaces unassumingly scattered throughout the historical centre that offer an archaeologist's point of view of the enigmatic past of this city.
We will begin at the Duomo, the cathedral of Naples and the heart of Catholic culture in the city. The present-day structure, comprised of various sections built over the course of 1,500 years, conceals conserved portions of the ancient city. Here, remains of the Greco-Roman and Early Christian worlds coinhabit in an eternal dialogue. A paved road date from the Greek era and a Roman wall, along with areas of red plaster and column trunks in opus latericium, takes us down to a sunken level that was used for food storage in later eras. Ancient motifs pop up in other sections of the cathedral, such as the mosaic-adorned Baptistery. Contrasting against the Baroque splendor of subsequent eras, we will observe how the ancient sometimes flows seamlessly into the present.
After surfacing, we will stroll along the lively streets of the city center which still follow the ancient decumani, main Roman roads. These thoroughfares illustrate the vivid sights, sounds and smells of Neapolitan street life.
Located right off the via Tribunali, the decumanus major, the excavation underneath the Gothic church of San Lorenzo Maggiore is one of the key places to view the traces of the ancient city. The complex corresponds to the ancient Greek agora, subsequently the Roman forum and center of political, commercial and religious activity.
From here, we will descend into a series of ancient streets that date from the 1st and 3rd century B.C. , where various building typologies line the streets; the aerarium, where the city's riches were held, the bakery, laundry and the suggestive cryptoporticus. Beneath the Roman buildings lay slabs of tufo rock which date back to the Greek era.
By the end of this walk, we will have a much clearer understanding of the evolution of Naples, as a city, and a deep appreciation for its current attempts to salvage its priceless links to its illustrious past."
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Entrance fees are 8 EUR for Duomo and San Lorenzo at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
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4 hours and 30 minutes
4 hours and 30 minutes