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Translated Jeff Matthews

Life on the surface moves at is own pace; below ground everything seems to be at a standstill. That is one of the aspects of the fascination, in the positive sense of the “power to attract,” that we find as we move through spaces that have been abandoned over time.

That is without a doubt one of the most evident things that attracts us about the spaces beneath Naples. There are kilometers of underground paths, following one after another in the layers of excavated subsoil that have developed in answer to the needs of the “surface world”.

Quarries, aqueducts, and cisterns left by those who worked with hammer and chisel and those who recently lived beneath the surface to escape the bombs of war.

Yet today there is something stirring in the darkness beneath the surface as a few persons move to empty little by little these spaces of refuse and rubble, to open new paths and reopen old ones, to rediscover and call forth our own past.

There is another world beneath the surface.

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Gianluca Padovan (Ass.ne S.C.A.M. – F.N.C.A.)

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1. Ancient quarries (ph. G. Padovan)


2. Ancient aqueducts (ph. G. Padovan)


3. Ancient paths (ph. G. Padovan)

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