'Your Dream Signs' - Theme for new Underground tours and programs in Naples
If our readers from outside Italy are going to be in Naples during the month of May, there is a spectacular series of presentations and tours beneath Number 140, Piazza Cavour in the underground "Museum of the Naples Underground". The events, beginning the last weekend on April, 2006 will continue each weekend during the entire month of May. May marks an internationally popular citywide "Monuments in May" celebration. Special events within ancient palaces, cathedrals, catacombs, and the historic greco-roman city center offer a veritable smorgasbord of fascinating things to do.
For the first time, under the auspices of the Southern Speleological Society of Naples, and its fabled founder, Engineer Clemente Esposito, their unique underground museum will offer a series of audio visual and museum display lectures. The programs are also provided through cooperation with the Technical Engineering Society of Naples, Italy.
Each program will be followed by guided tours of the quarried caverns, aqueducts and reservoirs of which the museum is part. Presentations are limited to a fixed number of reservation-only admissions.
Below is the presentation schedule with program topics, dates and times. If you are a history buff, speleologist, or just love the offbeat and interesting . . . don't miss this!
Each presentation requires an advance reservation which can be made by calling +39 0815467791 or +39 081291203 Ability to speak Italian is necessary as the Museum staff's English language support is limited at this time. Mention that you saw this article on napoliunderground.org . Information on locating the the museum entrance and other questions you may have will be available when you make your reservation.
April 28, 29, 30 at 10AM, 1PM, 3PM and 7PM
"A documentary presentation on the fascinating cartography of Piazza Cavour", (which is adjacent to the National Museum) covering the period from 1775 and the Duke of Noya to the present.
May 5, 6, 7 at 10AM, 1PM, 3PM and 7PM
"The Sanita' Quarter . . .above and below" this ancient quarter is the epicenter of ancient stories about burial cults, and mysterious uses of the underground beneath the city as well as the ancient churches and buildings in this maze of narrow streets and alleys.
May 12, and 28 at 10AM, 1PM, 3PM and 7PM
"The esoteric and baffling symbols on ancient paving stones from the 18th and 19th centuries" the mysterious carvings on certain street paving stones have fascinated scholars for years.
May 19, 20, 21 at 10AM, 1PM, 3PM and 7PM
"The ancient Greek cemetery zone of Naples" dating back 2,500 years ago these hypogea, tombs and even frescoed early resting places are truly amazing.
May 26, 27, 28 - at 10AM, 1PM, 3PM and 7PM
"Photographic exhibition and lecture on the Fontanelle Cemetery" located in the Sanita' quarter the Fontanelle Cemetery described as. " Macabre and suggestive, it is the most well known of the city's historical hypogea, a unique and irreproducible place that shows the peculiar and yet very tight relationship between Neapolitans and death." Dug into the tufo sandstone one sees chamber after chamber as well as passageways lined with neatly stacked rows of skulls and human bones from days of this death cult's practices which continiue to this day! Another fascinating presentation.
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Translation - Larry Ray