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Sotteranea, Naples: 5 reviews and 9 photos

  Napoli Sotteranea
by sargentjeff

First you must choose which tour to go on. They offer tours in Italian, German and English. Then you decend down 138 steps into the heart of the city where the guide takes you on an 1.5 hour tour of the "caverns" There you learn about the way it was built, the way it was used during WWII for a shelter, and why it was stopped being used because of the Cholera epidemic. It is truly an architectural masterpiece given the time it was built.

Just on top of the underground lies the enormous body of the Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, which was constructed in the place on which the Roman Temple of Dioscuri once stood. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore has the deambulatorio that crosses the dome and makes it one of the most important examples of gothic style in Italy, giving a religious presence to the commercial urban center, which was once a piazza (AgorÓ) in the Greek Neapolis.

Immediatlely after the enormous bell that emerges from the side, lies Via di San Gregorio Armeno, which was known as Via Degli Augustali in Roman times. Now days has the name of ?Via dei Pastori,? which means ?Street of the Shepards?, because of the numerous artisan shops that build biblical dioramas on this street. Returning to the piazza, we cross Via Dei Tribunali which was once a major street of Greek-Roman Naples.

This street runs into a smaller street with a close end, that takes us to the fascinating world of underground Naples.

Address: Via Tribunali
Directions: Just south of Via Duomo, located on the western side of the street. Keep your eyes peeled, it's easy to miss. But it's right next to the San Paolo Maggiore Church.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2003
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