When you visit the historic center of Naples, you will not only be amazed by the beauty of this world famous city of southern Italy, but also because underneath the surface, there is a little known underground world that recently is being discovered by more tourists and Neapolitans. No doubt, the world of underground passages and routes of Naples can be considered the origin and heart of this important city, as some of these channels are over 2000 years old and in others, not asold, remain indelible marks of the passage of history, from the founding of Naples to the chaos of the bombing of the Second World War. The interiors of the tunnels are made from limestone called tufa, which has a yellowish very warm color and used bymany works around Naples. Today, these important groundwater areas of Naples are protected by the Associazione Napoli Sotterranea, who enables a stroll through these caverns, a dazzling and unforgettable experience.
The oldest excavations that were made in these areas date back tomore than 5000 years ago, the Greeks were the first to dig tufa stone to build the walls of temples and walls throughout the city and to also create underground tombs. It has been shown that about 40 meters below the cemetery of Santa María del Pianto, there is a cave from which stones were taken to build the walls of the former Naples, the designs both found in the caves and in the walls are the same. Today, the remains of these walls built around the fourth century BC, can be found at Piazaa Bellini and Via Foria.
With the passage of time, during the Augusta Era, the Romans built a great aqueduct and underground tunnels to avoid climbing Mount Piedigrotta. During the seventeenth century, these major aqueducts stopped carrying water, however, they were renewed during the year 1629 for the benefit of all inhabitants . These caverns ceased operations in the early twentieth century, in part because the aqueducts were replaced with better ways to transport water throughout the city. It was not until World War II that these tunnels would be used as shelters during the time of the bombings that took place on the city. Containers of all kinds, artifacts and remains within the tunnels, complete the vestiges of the past in this underground world.
These areas in the city were closed for many years and now are available to you through the hard work of the Associazione Napoli Sotterranea to preserve the culture and history of invaluable architectural relics. For more information, visit this site: http://www.napolisotterranea.org/
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