Questo sito o gli strumenti terzi da questo utilizzati si avvalgono di cookie necessari al funzionamento ed utili alle finalità illustrate nella cookie policy. Se vuoi saperne di più o negare il consenso a tutti o ad alcuni cookie, consulta la cookie policy. Chiudendo questo banner, scorrendo questa pagina, cliccando su un link o proseguendo la navigazione in altra maniera, acconsenti all'uso dei cookie.

Accetta

 

english

  • Restaurant Eolo Amalfi

    Restaurant Eolo Amalfi

    Gatronomy Gourmet Restaurant Amalfi Neapolitan Riviera Amalficoast Salerno Campania Italy

  • Hotel de Russie Rome

    Hotel de Russie Rome

    Charming Luxury 5 Stars Hotel Accommodation Rocco Forte Collection Wellness exclusive Relais SPA Beauty Center Rome Latium Italy

  • Le Alcove Resort Apulia

    Le Alcove Resort Apulia

    Quality Charming Bed and Breakfast Relais Accommodation Alberobello Trulli Bari Apulia Italy

  • Acquamarine B&B Maiori

    Acquamarine B&B Maiori

    B&B in Maiori, B&B in Amalfi Coast, bed and breakfast in Maiori, bed and breakfast in Amalfi Coast, holiday in Maiori, vacation...

  • Ravello House exclusive apartments

    Ravello House exclusive apartments

    apartments in Ravello, holiday house in Ravello, apartments in Amalfi Coast, holiday house in Amalfi Coast, charming house in...

you are here: Home More About Naples' hidden city

Stay

Visit a locality browsing the menu on the left. In each Italy area you can then choose the best touristical structures we are proposing.

Most viewed in Italy

  • Santa Croce Luxury Villa - Amalfi

    As the smooth curves of a Mediterranean woman, who knows how to surprise and conquer, revealing, piece after piece, her wild and untamed nature, so the Amalfi coast hides inside its soul, delicate and virile at the same time, a sensuality that manifests...

  • Sunland Travel and Accommodation Amalfi Coast

    Sunland since 1979 is the leading tour operator for ground hanling services on Amalfi Coast, Cilento and Neapolitan Riviera. Sunland is the partner of some of the biggest tour operator world wide. Our attentive staff is at your service for: Hotel accomodation...

  • Amalfi Vacation Amalfi Coast

    Self-catering villas and apartments on the Amalfi Coast with pool, access to the sea and air conditioning. Amalfi Vacation owns and manages all the Amalfi Coast villas shown on the website. We are specialists in luxury villas and self-catering apartments...

  • Villa Casale Ravello

    Villa Casale is a splendid patrician villa of probable Medieval origins, set in the magical scenery of the City of Music, suspended between sky and sea; it is the ideal place for spending an exclusive and relaxing holiday in one of the most beautiful...

  • Meublè Torre Paradiso Small Appartments

    Popular with artists, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly Italy's most renowned stretch of coastline. Here, the sheer drop of rugged cliffs and ravines, terraces of orange and lemon groves, walnut and almond trees, offer unrivalled panoramas...

Print this page Send to a friend by e-mail

Share:
fb-like
g-plus

Naples' hidden city

The existence of Naples basement is characterized to the morphologic and geologic conformation of the territory, composed from "tufacea" rock that has particular characteristics of lightness, friableness and stabilities.
The first morphology transformations of the territory, brought about people Greeks from the 470 a.C., originated the wonderful world that it is Naples underground. These transformations have been originated from requirements of water, that created basement cisterns used to pick up the rain and used to have material to build in Naples.
In the centuries, the expansion of the city carried to the realization of waterworks that pick up and distributed the water through a series of cistern connected with a particular tipe of chanels which name is "cunicoli".

Under Roman rule the waterworks was extended and improved, but under Angioni rule, in 1266, the city had a new urban expansion with an increase of extraction of "tufo" for new buildings: one of the carateristics of Naples is that the building stand up the cavities which supplied materials for its costruction.
Between 1588 and 1615, some laws forbade introduction materials for construction, in the city. The population spared sanctions and satisfied the necessity of buildings, extracted "tufo" below the city, through already exiting well and extending the cisterns with drinking water. This type of extraction, defined "bottom up", required particular techniques for stability of the underground and to avoid unforeseen collapses.
Only in 1885, after a terrible epidemic of colera, the use of the old system of distribution water was left in order to adopt the new waterworks than still it is in function.
The last participation of underground was during the second world war, when it offered refuge to the population adapting the structures of waterworks to the requirements of the citizens. In Naples was prepared 369 refuges in cave and 247 refuges for no landslade. An official list of the Ministry of the Insides, in 1939, enumerated 616 addresses which leaded in 436 refuges, some of which with more accesses. The preparation of refuges caused another division of the ancient waterworks.
When the war ended, lacked the means of transport and all the rubble were unloaded in the underground, buring the memories of that sad period. Until the end of years '60 has not been spoken about the underground, and many citizens continued to use the wells like rubbish dumps.
From 1968, happened geological instability caused of the breaking of the sewer system or leaks of the new waterworks: in all the cities of the world these cases are evidenced with floodings or with regurgitations of sewage in surface. In Naples, instead, because there is a big underground, there are important abysses.
After 20 years of diggings out and reclamation, and with engagement and sacrifice of volunteers which, after the job, descended in the underground of Naples in order to bring back an historical medical report, today it is possible to know one unknown page of the history of Naples.
In the visits guided in the underground, is gone under the Spanish Quarters, in vico S. Anna di Palazzo 52, where Michele and Salvatore Quaranta brothers, have founded the Free Association Underground Hikers that has for objective the grater knowledge of "the inferior" city.
Coming down in the cavities the old cisterns of the Carmignano waterworks will be able to admired and the feelings of who took refuge there during the war will be able to lived.
On it walls are draw history pages, names and caricature of personality of the age, customs of the age, soldiers of several nations, dates, information on the two Italian submarines - the Diaspro and the Topazio - that operated during the war, and still aerial and tanks and the frases of who, liked to leave the memento.


(source: Napoli Sotterranea)

Choose language

italiano

english