San Lorenzo Maggiore

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Location: City center of Naples, Piazza San Gaetano 316. Nearest metro stop is Piazza Cavour. No parking, use public transport.
Open: All year Mon-Sat 9:30-17:30, Sunday 9:30-13:30.
Fee: Adults EUR 5.
Classification: SubterraneaUnderground City
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Address: San Lorenzo Maggiore, Piazza San Gaetano 316, Napoli, Tel: +39-081-211-0860.
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Beneath the church San Lorenzo Maggiore lies a much older building, which today forms the backbone of underground Naples. Cut into the yellow tufo stone walls, ancient walkways dating from the sixth century B.C., can be found. And the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore is one of the major entranceways to the underground archaeological sites. The red brick archways are perfectly preserved and allow a glimpse into the Greco-Roman origins of the city.

The self guided tour starts above ground, in a three-story museum containing slabs of marble with clearly visible and very detailed Latin inscriptions. There are cross sections of columns and many wine amphoras. The items on display were mostly excavated right below the museum and the church. From the hot museum an elevator brings the visitors down to the underground site.

The underground rooms resemble the excavations at Pompeji and Herculaneum. There are the remains of mosaic tile floors and the public laundry, which is a large stone wash basin. There is little information in English, but the museum offers an English-language sheet with some details about the museum and a map of the underground.

The church is part of a 14th-century monastery, which is also worth a visit. The church is younger, it was rebuilt during the 18th century, and contains several chapels, frescoes and original wooden doors. Admission to the church is free.