How to visit the underground of Naples

Naples Underground (© Portanapoli.com)

A visit of Naples’ underworld is one of the most interesting and exciting tours in the city.  

It’s possible to see different underground sites like the Subterranean Naples, the catacombs, the Galleria Borbonica, or also archeological excavations. 

We tell you how to visit the underground, where are the entrances, about guided tours and locations of Naples underworld.



You can visit many underground sites in and around the city like different large catacombs (catacombs of San Gennaro, San Gaudioso and San Severo), the excavations of San Lorenzo Maggiore (Via dei Tribunali) in the historic centre, the Piscina Mirabilis (located in Miseno, it was the main cistern serving Naples during Roman times) and of course the Subterranean Naples.

There are two different gates that lead to the “Subterranean Naples”

One entrance is hidden at the Piazza San Gaetano in a small alleyway of the historic city. Tours take about 2 hours; on request, group tours. For opening hours, inquiries, pictures, more information, and a site plan, please contact the private cultural society Napoli Sotterranea at the entrance at Piazza San Gaetano 68,
or visit www.napolisotterranea.org

The other entrance to the underworld is next to the well-known Bar Gambrinus at the Piazza Plebiscito. For further questions, opening hours, and to make reservations for a tour, please contact the Associazione LAES, Napoli e la Città Sotterranea at the entrance at Piazza Trieste e Trento – (Bar Gambrinus),
or visit www.lanapolisotterranea.it

Galleria Borbonica – another part of the underground Naples

Two entrances: via Domenico Morelli 40 and Vico del Grottone 4 (100 metres away from Piazza Plebiscito).
One of the entrances to the underground Bourbon tunnel (Galleria Borbonica) is at the Park House Morelli in the Chiaia district. The contrast between modern architecture and the ancient tufa caves of the Galleria Borbonica is impressive. In the branched tunnel are cars and motorcycles from the second world war. For the Galleria Borbonica, there are standard tours, adventure tours, and caving (speleo tours) with helmet and flashlight. We did the standard tour start at the Park House Morelli.   After the visit of the tunnel quickly to reach the promenade and can make a nice walk by the sea.

Archaeological excavations of San Lorenzo Maggiore

Those who are interested in archaeology, should make the Scavi di San Lorenzo Maggiore in the heart of Naples. Ten meters below the Earth you can see a Roman market from the fifth century AD. It is like a journey through time in a shopping street of the past. Regular tours are offered. Tip: Very close to San Lorenzo Maggiore begins the Nativity street of via San Gregorio Armeno.