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Amphitheater in Naples
(NOT the one in Pozzuoli!)
Roman amphitheater beneathMore News from Napoli Underground (NUG). Those Noble Noctivagators of the Neapolitan Netherworld, known by their NUG-handles as Fulvio and Ipogeo have done it again! The following text is from the English-language version of the NUG webpage and was kindly sent to me by the translator, Larry Ray, longtime Neapophile:
the historic center of Naples
(photo courtesy of NUG)
Larry continues: "...the buildings above the old ruins follow its shape..[that is, a satellite photo, below, shows a "wheel" shape seemingly cut into the mass of buildings in that area]...several pieces of original frescoes seem to be in remarkably good shape. It is easy to see the incorporation of earlier Greek foundations, which are fitted, flat stacked stones with no mortar, then the characteristic diamond-shaped small block brick, mortar-joined masonry of the Romans."
The curved street above number 33 in this map is, in fact, part of the contour Larry speaks of. It is above the south-east part of the ancient amphitheater. As of this writing (April, 2008), the only large-scale Roman sites excavated in Naples and open to the public are beneath San Lorenzo and the nearby Roman aqueduct (again, near #33 on the map). (Also, see the articles linked below.) The San Lorenzo site was relatively easy to do since they excavated down through a church courtyard. There was no displacement of people from their dwellings to open the earth. This amphitheater presents a problem of a different order, as would most of the historic center of Naples if you decided to excavate significant sections of the ancient Roman city. I have just been down there snooping around and it is impossible to see from ground level just how many flats or how many people actually live above the amphitheater. I noticed a strange sign that says that the building (one of many within the "wheel" is the "property of the City of Naples...[and]...not intended for habitation." There certainly seem to me to be a lot of people living there right now. I don't expect this to be open any time soon to the public, but the photos provided by Napoli Underground are tantalizing.
Proud to be a troglodyte!
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Caves & Tunnels & Holes in the Ground
The Cavern of Mithra
The Roman Aqueduct
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