Ancient Naples: Above and Underground - Small Group Walking Seminar

This tour was one of the best of several tours we had booked in central Italy! The tour basically covers the most important points of the Naples UNESCO World Heritage site found in this centrally located area of the city. ...Mary L., USA – See more reviews
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By the end of this walk, we will have a much clearer understanding of the evolution of Naples
By the end of this walk, we will have a much clearer understanding of the evolution of Naples
A group tour of Naples' underground archaeological sites
A group tour of Naples' underground archaeological sites
The history of Naples is so profound that only a visit beneath the present-day city surface will uncover the complete picture.
The history of Naples is so profound that only a visit beneath the present-day city surface will uncover the complete picture.
A group tour of Naples' underground archaeological sites
A group tour of Naples' underground archaeological sites
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A group tour of Naples' underground archaeological sites.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Naples
Departs From:
Naples
Meeting Point:
Church of Il Gesu' Nuovo
Duration:
2 hours
Availability:
daily except Friday at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
7233
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Description

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.

Highlights

  • Archaeological ruins underneath the Duomo and the San Lorenzo church

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Entrance tickets

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Entrance fees are 9 EUR for Duomo and San Lorenzo at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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