Acquedotto Carmignano


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Naples' historic infrastructure extends for miles beneath the city centre, at a depth of 40m (130ft) and more. A maze of water ducts and cisterns dug into the rock during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Carmignano drainage system was developed under the Spanish viceroys; the volcanic tufa rock that was extracted was used to build the houses above. The tunnels were in use until the disastrous cholera epidemic of 1884, and also acted as air-raid shelters in World War II. Non-claustrophobes can take an hour-long tour; booking is not necessary.

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Acquedotto Carmignano details

Via Chiaia 1-2 (Bar Gambrinus)

Area Naples

Transport Bus 24, C22, C82, R2

Telephone 081 400256

Acquedotto Carmignano website

Open Guided tours only 9pm Thur; 10am, noon, 6pm Sat; 10am, 11am, noon, 6pm Sun.

Admission €10; €5 reductions.