Napoli Sotterranea


Several entrances to the descent of more than 40 meters lead to an intricate labyrinth of tunnels, cisterns and cavities, stretching beneath the surface of much of the historic city center. One of the most interesting trails is in Via dei Tribunali at the foot of San Gaetano square.

The subsoil of Naples represents the other face of the same medal, the mold of the city from which it itself was forged, since the voids of the subsoil correspond to the extraction it had in the centuries of the yellow tuff with which all the historical palaces were built of Naples.

It is a rich storyline with traces of every age, from the foundation of Neapolis to the bombs of World War II. The Greeks used this subsoil as a quarry from which they extracted the Neapolitan tufa; The Romans transformed it into an aqueduct; Until then becoming a refuge during World Wars.


Not far from San Gregorio Armeno and from the entrance to Naples Sotterranea, in a small alley of Piazza San Gaetano, there is a small apartment at the road level, a typical Neapolitan “bass” that hides a great treasure. Inside, in fact, where until recently there was a carpenter’s shop, now it is possible to visit a site of great charm, especially if we consider what reality it has been embedded in the surrounding buildings: I am talking about the remains of ‘ Ancient Roman Theater, dating back to the 4th century BC And II century BC, also known as the Nerone Theater.

After visiting Naples Sotterranea, with the same ticket you can access this small apartment in Vico Cinquesanti. Once inside, you are in a normal bedroom and spontaneously wonder where the theater will ever be? Here, then, by moving the bed, we discover the presence of a trapdoor that allows access to the part of the theater that can be visited. In a space of just over 150m², you can walk to what remains of the Summa Cavea or the upper ring of the theater so dear to Nerone and where he himself would perform around the year 64 AD, where you can admire the He continued the opus reticulatum coated theater.