Ever heard of the Neapolitan underworld?

Must-Do's Naples Published on 8 August 2018

Not to worry, it is not a criminal network! The Naples Sotterranea is an articulate system of underground tunnels, shafts and aqueducts which extends for kilometres right under the city centre. A tour of ancient artifacts and tunnels carved in tuff sandstone is surely a must-see to understand a civilisation over 2,500 years old. What’s more, during World War II, the tunnels served as air raid shelters.

Highlights at Sotterranea

The Summa Cavea of the Roman Theatre is only accessible through the basements of an apartment in vico Cinquesanti. This is where Emperor Nero is said to have sung! The theatre once held an audience of 6,000. Today, visitors can also glimpse into its original might through a secretive tour of its underground structure.


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Time to Explore: About 2 hours.

Top Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Minimum age is 3 years.

What’s Close? Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore, Teatro Romano di Neapolis, Palazzo di Monte di Pietà, Museum of Torture, Spaccanapoli.

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