The Museum of Underground
An underground stroll to discover the history of Naples. A journey in time, through traces of the noble Neapolitan origins.
The Museum of Underground (not to be confused with Napoli Sotterranea Museum nor with Tunnel Borbonico, both underground) is located on Piazza Cavour square. One may access the museum through the entrance in the centre of the square, situated in a red building in the middle of the gardens.
The gate, which conducts from insecure present to illustrious past, seems not to be noticed by those who pass here every day, lost in their thoughts. The museum is managed by the Association of the Urban Speleology named “La macchina del tempo”, led by Luca Crucitta.
Once one enters in, it is possible to imagine the itinerary that one is about to discover. Rocks and various materials are accumulated next to the wall in the front of the entrance that conducts to a room of speleology, where the tools of this fascinating profession are collected. The same room contains also the objects remained here after the Second World War, as well as small bottles with various beneficial concoctions, the remnants of the antique pharmacy discovered in the Neapolitan underground.
Beyond the last room that houses Italian and European speleological collection one may proceed to discover the network of aqueducts and cisterns that have witnessed bombardments during world conflicts. Numerous chambers, for instance the one containing a Greek tomb called Ipogeo dei Togati or the one containing war remnants make us touch with our own hands a piece of the history that we know only from books.
In the history books, though, no one describes how does it feel to see something “live”. In the Underground Museum instead the emotions of those who lived in this silent network of tunnels may be touched and they transfer permanently in the heart.