Monday, August 3, 2009

Beneath Naples, Italy via Radio New Zealand!

The reach of the internet continues to amaze me. I have long had a fascination with the "Parallel City" beneath Naples, Italy since the early 1960's when I lived there. Called the "sottosuolo," it is a maze of giant cavities, tunnels, aqueducts, passageways, ancient Greek tombs, WWII air raid shelters and more.

Stationed in Naples many years ago, I became fascinated with the mysterious network below the city, which few locals knew much about at all. For many years I regularly returned to Naples to see friends and pursue exploration of the wonders below the city. In recent years I have translated articles into English on a wonderful web site operated by my urban speleologist friends in Naples.

The English Language version has resulted in a much wider knowledge of the marvels beneath the city including attracting the interest of regular visitors from around the world, National Geographic who did a great article with stunning photos, a travel article in The New York Times a couple of months ago, and a phone call a couple of weeks ago from Radio New Zealand wanting to do an interview with me for their popular "Nights" program.

That interview was broadcast August 3, down under in New Zealand and is now available in streaming form at the link below through the marvel of the internet. Imagine the improbability of Radio New Zealand interviewing an old guy in Gulfport, Mississippi about a secret world beneath Naples, Italy!

I believe you will enjoy the interview. Chris Whitta, the program host, is personable and asked great questions. So take a few minutes and come enjoy the mysterious "Sottosuolo" of Naples.


Graphic by Larry Ray - RNZ Logo©

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