Neopolis - the new city that became Naples - was built on the porous tufa rock spewed from the heart of Vesuvius, and going underground to see its origins certainly helped to provide a context for the modern city. Having recently read Robert Harris' novel 'Pompeii', I was aware of the importance of the aqueducts and drainage systems in Roman society, and it was fascinating to see them at first hand. The highlight of the tour was, of course, the trip through a 50cm wide passage clutching a candle - definitely not for the nervous as you couldn't see where to put your feet! Afterwards we were taken above ground before going underground once more to be shown the remains of a Roman theatre where the emperor Nero once performed - this is in the cellar of a Neapolitan house! We had to go above ground once again and led down a street to the third entrance underground, this time to view another part of the theatre which now - bizarrely - houses a display of Eighteenth Century presepi (Christmas cribs). I felt that all this entering and exiting made the tour a little disjointed, and I would have appreciated a bit more time to look at some of the elements in more detail. All in all, however, this was a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating, experience. By the way, there is a great little limoncello factory and shop just outside the entrance to the sotterranea.
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