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Bourbon Tunnel

Address: Vico Del Grottone 4 - Close to Plebiscito Square | Morelli Carpark - Domenico Morelli Street - Close to Piazza Vittoria, 80132 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081 764 5808
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Ranked #2 of 197 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enchanting scenery that unfolds to the eyes of visitors, a secret place full of history and magic atmosphere.An emotional journey that conducts visitors in the new section of the underground of Naples. It is situated in Vico del Grottone 4, from to 150 mt. to Plebiscito Square. Until a few years ago it wasa veterinary laboratory, now is the entrance of the Bourbon Tunnel. A staircase with 8 ramps, 33 yards deep descending into the belly of Chiaia. The second entry is in Via Domenico Morelli,40, through the crosswalk of “Quick parking”.The Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of rebellion, he asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was uncompleted and, during the second World War, was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit.The war left its mark even in the subsoil. That’s way there are handwrite, folding beds, messages of wish and desolation of those who lived it and still maintains its memory. Along the tunnel thereare also the evidences, 530 meters, where visitors can discover the history of real life. Through the spacious streets, it’s easy reachable the network of tunnels and cisterns of seventeenth-century,large buildings, where worked the "pozzari", the only connoisseur of Naples underground.The show is stunning, but that's not finished. On Via Morelli appear statues dating back to fascist period and many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years, freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc for the route.Nothing is left to chance, even lighting, perfectly integrated with the path of the visitors.Since today everything is possible to visit. Five years ago the scenery was completely different.Rubbish, degradation, wastes of all kinds covered the reliquaries.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

the tunnel was a very interesting experience as we got to experience a bit of history, especially hen it was used as a bomb shelter. The siren gives you a very chilly feeling especially if you are one of the ones that heard it before. It's definitely worth the visit. They have pre-determined visiting hours mentioned at the entrance. It's... More

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San Juan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is an absolute must when you visit Napoli. You go back in history and it is very interesting. Fascinating to imagine what was going on under the city during WW2 and the bombings. It is very well worth it and takes you only about an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

you can jump back into the past history of Naples visiting the Bourbon Tunnel also thanks to the hilarious explanation of the tourist guide

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We had a great walk through time with a great guide Fabiana. Recommend it to everybody!!! Its a bit tricky to find but totally worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Bourbon Tunnel Tour is Easier to find than what most reviews say, 10 Euro each for an hour long tour. Maybe slightly more than an hour. We chose this one having already done the Naples underground tour last time we visited Napoli. We had high expectations as we really enjoyed the other one. While it was kind of interesting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fabiana was our guide, very well spoken, friendly and informative of the whole tunnel. The first walk down the stairs felt abit deep but as you go through the whole space opens up and shockingly so. Very interesting history here especially as it was only very recently found and they are still discovering parts. Defo worth visiting and well priced... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Fascinating tour! Like most things in Naples it wasn't particularly easy to find or well sign posted. The tours run at fixed times and while waiting I accidently stumbled into the 'other' entrance (10-15 min walk). The English tour was on the other side and the guide kindly walked me to the other entrance but it's worth checking which entrance... More

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Schwetzingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

One of the best we've visited in the Naples area. As noted it is hard to find, but Laner88's description is on the money. Although we did not ask, the Vico del Grottone entrance (near Piazza Plebisito) is the one for walking tours and the other for the Caving tour. Best part of this attraction is that effort was made... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Just terrific, thank you so much, your guides enthusiasm is well justified. a great escape from the madness of above ground naples.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Bourbon Tunnel is a step back in time during many different centuries since the tunnel was utilized for different purposes. There are two entrances... they are a little difficult to find and are not well marked. If you enter the entrance near Piazza del Plebisito, stand with your back to the palace and walk up the street on the... More

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