Naples underground

Underground passage

L.A.E.S.

LAES - Libera Associazione Escursionisti SottosuoloThe aim of LAES is to set off and spread the knowledge of Naples underground that represents an extraordinary historical and cultural heritage. Naples, the only one in the world, was built with building material from its bowels. A two linked levels city.

The association was founded in 1988 by its president. It all begun in the june of 1979 when in a cavity under a palace to the Gradoni di Chiaia tons of sawdust and refusals caught fire. The firemen evacuated all the surrounding buildings. For several days they tried to access the burning cavity, untill the future president of the LAES signaled an old staircase that he remembered he saw when he was a child and that was walled up. Therefore they found the way to get in, extinguished the fire and discovered a forgotten air-raid shelter. This shelter was able to  accommodate 4000 persons and has been deserted in the post-war period but now thanks to the LAES it has been restore.

Map of underground

Map of underground cavities between via Chiaia and Gradoni di Chiaia

The only aim of the association is to divulgate the knowledge of the origins of the city, the old Carmignano aqueduct and the proofs of life in Naples underground. With this spirit and with the  encouragement of public and private institution, we work to increase the accessible areas and theirs security and to create an underground museum.


Member of LAES

Salvatore QuarantaPresident of Association - Speleologist
Gianluca NappaSpeleologist
Luca QuarantaSpeleologist
Ing. Clemente EspositoPresident od the Centre Speleologist Neapolitan - Honorary member of the Association
Eleonora PontilloJournalist
Dr. Antonio GentileResercher