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Il museo dell'acqua e Napoli sotterranea

alla ricerca del decumano sommerso

The Basilica of Pietrasanta

Hidden for thousands of years, ancient testimonies of a lively and fervent civilization resurface from Pietrasanta. The Pietrasanta route has a mystical and magical charm at the same time. Under the Basilica of Pietrasanta, erected above the remains of the Greek temple of Diana, an unpublished and unexplored underground path opens its doors: it is the Water Museum – now partially open to visitors – in which, at a depth of 35 meters, the cavities open the their jaws and allow entry into the overturned city of Naples upside down. Absolutely not to be missed are the Pontano Chapel and the Chapel of the Holy Savior which are immediately adjacent to the majestic Basilica.

Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta

The Basilica was built in place of the temple by Bishop Pomponio. Currently the Church is the result of the renovation project by Cosimo Fanzago, who conceived a new Baroque organism. Particularly precious is the floor of the Church a attributable to Giuseppe Massa (1764). Next to the church, the Pietrasanta bell tower
which takes its name from the church of S. Maria Maggiore (otherwise known as Pietrasanta), and, together with this, was built over the remains of the Roman temple of Diana (ruins that can still be partially admired at the base of the bell tower, as well as in some parts of the church).


The Water Museum

By exploiting the work in the cavities, the Neapolitans survived the allied bombings of the Second World War. The long tunnels dug by the Greeks were first used to bring water to the city of Neapolis and then to escape the horrors of war. The underground Naples has become an integral part of the city above, as if it were a city within the city, hidden and underlying the one above a true parallel city, symmetrical to the one above.


A suggestive connection is that of the lift that leads directly into the cavities, 35 meters deep.


Carved into the rock, the underground passages lead along parallel and symmetrical tunnels to the decumani.


Underground Naples

The journey into the subsoil of Naples is beautiful and evocative but it is also a journey through time. Going down to 35 meters deep, you walk hundreds of meters walking under the city, in another city that is parallel and invisible to the one above. It is the hidden Naples that allows us to know the Greek-Roman Naples and the Naples tormented by the bombings of the Second World War.


Entering the heart of the city means discovering the underground Naples of the ancient cisterns used as water reservoirs.


The ancient water system that supplied the city came directly under Naples brought from the surrounding countryside. 

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