Everyone knows Naples as a city of exceptional beauty, a city of art, but few know the underground reality of the city. Even many Neapolitans are unaware of the beauty that lies beneath. The Associazione Napoli Sotterraneapreserves the underground area and brings this beauty to you.
The underground caverns of Naples were born with the city and grew along with it over the years. The first excavations of the underground caves were done around 5,000 years ago, near the end of the prehistoric era.
The Romans continued to build in the Augustean Era a large aqueduct and underground tunnels that were used as streets to avoid climbing Mt. PiediGrotta . The names of the streets were Cocceio and Seiano.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (26)In the early 1600’s, the Greco-Roman aqueduct, with its numerous pluvial tanks, no longer brought enough water for the city’s growing population. Until, in 1629, a very smart Neapolitan noble, Carmignano, built a new aqueduct.
In the early 1900’s, this aqueduct was no longer used, because a newer and safer system of transporting water was created. These tanks and tunnels, spanning more than a million square meters in length, were then abandoned. In the beginning of WWII, military bombings brought once more an importance to the underground area, whose tanks were then used as bomb shelters.