Underground cities has been built all over the world. Today, I introduce you an exciting one in Naples, Italy. Naples Underground Caves are among Italian historical centers. They exist in the heart of Naples city. This underground city is fascinating thanks to its charming historic texture. Today it preserves all its beauty. It is nearly 40 meters under Naples’ historical center. Naples Underground City seems independent from the world and embraces history’s deep marks. Even if the city has been changed a little, it displays its original texture. Visiting here means travelling to the past for me and makes you bear witness to history.
The city involves art, impressive architecture, and history. Yellow tuff stone not only reflects spirit of the city but also forms its walls. Old Greeks built temples here thousands of years ago. Then, they were used as underground canals until 19th century. And they became bomb shelters during World War 2.
The city has three layers. On the top layer there are shelters. The layer in the middle consists temples. At the bottom, there are water cisterns. I fill in the details about the layers.
Military uniforms, weapons, and vehicles are displayed in the entrance of the city. After the entrance, columns and bandalets welcomes you downstairs. Afterwards, you see large halls and all construction interlocks.
Narrow tunnels trip begins after those large halls. There is less fresh air. A cold, long, low, norrow gate opens into Greek and Roman cisterns. Water is clear. Then you see pools and you enter shelters. These shelters were used for saving Jewish-Italian citizens during World War 2. There are pictures of bombs and planes on the walls. There are toy cars, bed, sewing machine, and radio in the shelters.
Underground graves take place after shelters. What a fear, what a passion for life! People have buried deads under the underground city. If you want to visit Sotterranea one day, take your coat and trainers with you. Thanks for reading.