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Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Enjoy a unique underground experience with the official Underground Naples guided tour. Your guide will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological, and geological point of view. The tour includes a visit to the Greek-Roman Aqueduct, the remains of the Roman Theater, and the Summa Cavea, a new fragment of the Roman theater just brought back to life.  The guide will speak English or Italian, or you can follow the visit in other languages, thanks to the free multilingual app that you can download at the beginning of your visit.  In addition, a brochure in several languages is always delivered in order to follow the visit better. You may also take pictures along the way.

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

2. Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Travel back in time and explore the Catacombs of San Gennaro to learn more about the patron saint of Naples. Discover what lies beneath street level as you see stunning frescoes and Byzantine paintings from the 9th to the 10th century AD. Explore the history of the paleo-Christian burial site with an English or Italian-speaking guide. Get explanations about the 4th-century expansion following the transfer of the remains of St. Agrippinus to the underground basilica dedicated to him. See the large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the catacombs in the 8th century during iconoclastic struggles. Get a closer look at the details of the upper catacomb, decorated at the beginning of the 3rd century in the so-called Pompeian style, and now home to some of the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy. Be amazed by the precious Crypt of the Bishops and its 5th-century mosaics, including one depicting the Bishop of Carthage, St. Quodvultdeus.

Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

3. Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

Explore the complex of San Lorenzo Maggiore, at the geographic center of ancient Naples, and the subterranean treasures that lie beneath it. See colorful frescoes in the Sisto V Hall, the Gothic charm of the Chamber Hall, and excavated relics in the museum. Marvel at the beauty of the San Lorenzo Maggiore Church and its Franciscan frescoes before gazing at the stunning ceiling frescoes in the Sisto V Hall. Pass through the Cloister and visit Chapter Hall, decorated with a Gothic portal from the late fourteenth century. Then, descend 10 meters underground and discover the ancient ruins of the Neapolis, the old Greek-Roman city which was founded in 470 B.C. Discover the ancient commercial heart of the city, the Macellum (market). End your visit with some time in the museum, which presents a cross-section of the history of Naples from the classical age until the nineteenth century.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

4. Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

Delve into the historic site of Underground Naples with entry and a guided tour. Join an adventure from the Spanish Quarters into the hidden depths of the city. Explore the winding tunnels and pass by the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct. Make your way to the Spanish Quarters to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy listening to a brief introduction as you prepare to enter the tunnels into Underground Naples. Pass beneath the streets as you learn about the history of the city from its first transformations at the hands of the Greeks to the development of the Neapolitan Aqueduct into an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

Naples: The Holy Mile 3-Hour Guided Tour

5. Naples: The Holy Mile 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore the Rione Sanità on this 3-hour Holy Mile tour and discover a fascinating area influenced by many cultures over the centuries. Walk through the neighborhood and take in the mix of sounds, colors and faces that confirm diversity is still alive and well. The streets preserve memories of popes, kings and cardinals, from more prosperous times. To experience the Holy Mile means to support the revival of Rione Sanità, a special project for Naples. Stops on the tour 1. Catacombs of San Gennaro 2. San Gennaro extra Moenia Basilica 3. S. Maria della Sanità Basilica 4. S. Severo Basilica - Jago Sculpture 5. The Sanità district 6. Palazzo San Felice 7. Palazzo dello Spagnuol Tour ends at "Piazza Cavour" (near the Archaeological Museum)

Naples: San Gaudioso Catacombs

6. Naples: San Gaudioso Catacombs

Travel back in time and explore the Catacombs of San Gaudioso to learn more about the burial rites of early Christians and discover a mysterious world beneath the streets of Naples. Explore the history of the site and its expansion following the burial of the North African bishop, St. Gaudiosus between 451 and 453 AD. Gaze in wonder at the intensity of early Christian elements, such as the tomb of the saint and the 5th and 6th-century frescoes and mosaics with typical early Christian motifs. Explore the graves reserved for the nobles, dating back to the 17th century, when the catacombs resumed their function as a burial site. Get a closer look at the finer details, and learn how skulls were placed on display in the walls of the ambulatory in the 17th century. See stunning frescoes by Giovanni Balducci, who refused payment in order to be buried among the city's aristocrats.

Naples: Guided Walking Tour with Bourbon Tunnel

7. Naples: Guided Walking Tour with Bourbon Tunnel

Accompanied by an expert and professional guide you will discover the majesty of the monumental area of Naples: Starting from the central Piazza Municipio you can admire the Neptune Fountain overlooking the majestic Castel Nuovo, better known among the Neapolitans as Maschio Angioino. You will continue towards Piazza Trieste e Trento and the adjacent Piazza del Plebiscito to enjoy the most important monuments of the city, from the San Carlo Theater to the Umberto I Gallery, from the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola to the Royal Palace, in an excursus of medieval, baroque art. and neoclassical. We will continue along Via Chiaia to discover the history of the Antica Pizzeria Brandi, where the famous pizza Margherita was born, and of the Gran Caffè Gambrinus. At the end of the walking tour you will begin your tour in the subsoil of Naples, you will discover the secrets that are hidden in the ancient Bourbon Gallery wanted by Ferdinand II of Bourbon in order to create a military path that would allow the troops to reach the Royal Palace in a short time time. The Bourbon Gallery is a long underground tunnel built in the mid-19th century by Ferdinand II of Bourbon and is considered the pride of underground Bourbon civil engineering. Rediscovered in 2005, the gallery offers the public a surprising itinerary in the subsoil and in the history of the Neapolitan city. Through the Standard route it will be possible to appreciate the war refuge, ancient cisterns of the Bolla Aqueduct, fragments of statues, vintage cars and motorcycles found during the safety measures.

Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

8. Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views of the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Visit the oldest part of the city and wander its narrow streets, filled with character and vivacity. See the church of Gesù Nuovo and its masterpieces, the monastery of Santa Chiara and walk through the most famous "Spaccanapoli" with its outstanding Baroque and Renaissance palaces, countless charming little shops, coffee bars and pizzeria. Explore the underground Roman ruins, buried beneath the city. See the monumental part of the city with its most famous landmark — Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle, the Royal Palace, the Teatro di San Carlo and the Galleria Umberto, an elegant 19th-century shopping mall.

Naples: Rione Sanità and Fontanelle Cemetery Walking Tour

9. Naples: Rione Sanità and Fontanelle Cemetery Walking Tour

Your tour will begin from the Fontanelle Cemetery, which was built in an ancient quarry and is a great place to learn more about the relationship between Neapolitan people and death. In this place, the sacred and the profane co-exsist, creating the cult of the ”pezzentelle” (the souls of purgatory). It contains over 40,000 remains of people, mostly skulls, victims of the plague, and victims of the and cholera epidemics of the mid-17th century. At the end of 19th century it became a cult place, with some believers deciding to rearrange the thousands of anonymous bones, adopting a skull of an abandoned soul in return for protection. Your guided visit will then continue to the Rione Sanità ,where you will have the opportunity to admire two masterpieces of the Neapolitan Baroque: Palazzo San Felice and Palazzo dello Spagnolo. Before ending your tour at Porta San Gennaro, you will taste the famous and sweet “fiocco di neve” in one of the most important pastry shops in Naples.

Naples: City Center Walking Tour with Underground Entry

10. Naples: City Center Walking Tour with Underground Entry

A walk in the historic centre through alleys and streets, stories and experiences, flavours and traditions. A 'full immersion' in the Neapolitan city where every step is an encounter and knowledge, revealing an extraordinary multicultural Naples readable through the places 'above and below'. In fact, the historic centre is not only made up of historic palaces, enchanting squares, votive spires, churches with surprising monasteries, but also of artisan workshops, the famous S. Gregorio Armeno with its nativity scenes, street artists and atmospheres that change at every corner. It will be surprising to descend 121 steps and find the other face of the city, the Underground city with the Naples Underground tour.

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A nice and interesting experience in the underground’s of Naples. The guided tour is recommended to learn more about the catacombs. The site is administered by an association that is investing in young people and trying to give a new life to this area of Naples, this is a plus.

The catacombs were really impressive and the tour was very informative. I really liked that we also learned something about a less wealthy area of Naples and that the volunteers guiding the tours are directly working in improving the local area.

Well organised tour through a very interesting underground complex. The guide was very good and overall an excellent experience.

We would do this again! This was time and money well spent.

Amazing how large the catacombs are. Had an excellent time.