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Napoli Sotterranea


Naples underground is the underground part of the Italian city of Naples and it consists of tunnels, cisterns, alleys and cavities. Built but Greeks, they were expanded by Romans who, in order to collect rainwater, were able to build a real aqueduct. To access this hidden part of the city there are two entrances: the first one is in square Trieste e Trento; the other one is located in Piazza (square) San Gaetano, in Via (Street) dei Tribunali. Among the peculiarities of this magnificent place, there is the geothermal Pizzeria, which is located right were, previously, it was built a Roman oven. Other interesting places to visit are the Filomena’s Room (Stanza di Filomena), the Bourbon Gallery (Galleria Borbonica) and the Greek-roman Theatre.

We were really entertained by the legend of “Monaciello”: the folkloristic character of “monaciello” represents a friar who used to live in the Naples Underground and who enjoyed passing through the tunnels. He gave money to those who were kind with him; if he was offended, he was able to prepare a violent revenge. The myth of the “monaciello” is associated with the activity of the pozzari (those who work in the water wells).

Naples Underground is open everyday from 10 am to 6 pm and the walk to visit it lasts 2 hours. The ticket costs 9 euros.


Napoli sotterranea è la parte sotterranea della città ed è costituita principalmente da cunicoli, cisterne, vicoli e cavità. Costruiti dai greci, furono poi ampliati dai romani che, per raccogliere l’acqua piovana, arrivarono poi a costruire un vero e proprio acquedotto. Per accedere a questa parte nascosta della città esistono due ingressi: il primo si trova a piazza Trieste e Trento; l’altro è situato in Piazza San Gaetano, in Via dei Tribunali. Tra le particolarità che caratterizzano questo meraviglioso luogo, vi è la Pizzeria geotermica, che si trova nel punto in cui, precedemenente, era stato costruito un forno romano. Altri luoghi interessanti da visitare sono la Stanza di Filomena, la Galleria Borbonica ed il Teatro greco-romano.

Una curiosità che ci ha molto divertito è la leggenda del “Monaciello”: la figura folkloristica del “monaciello” rappresenta un frate che abitava nella Napoli sotterranea e a cui piaceva vagare per i cunicoli. Egli regalava dei soldi a chi era gentile con lui; se invece veniva offeso, era capace di vendicarsi con la violenza. Il mito del “monaciello” viene associato all’attività dei pozzari.

Napoli sotterranea è aperta dalle 10.00 alle 18.00 ogni giorno ed il percorso per visitarla dura circa 2 ore. Il costo del biglietto è di circa 9 euro.

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