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The Bourbon Tunnel

Vico Del Grottone 4 - Close to Plebiscito Square | Morelli Carpark - Domenico Morelli Street - Close to Piazza Vittoria, 80132 Naples, Italy
+39 081 764 5808
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Ranked #2 of 219 attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Visited on 29th June 2014 after reading other reviews on here. Absolutely fantastic!! I forgot our guides name (young lady, long dark hair), but she was so informative and spoke very good English. The entrance was down a small alleyway, so don't run past it! We did the standard tour which lasted just over 1 hour, but there are 2... More

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Ottawa, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

First, it's hard to find, even though it is so close to the palace, so give yourself time to get lost for a while. We were wandering forlornly about the narrow streets when we bumped into a small group of young people in orange t-shirts who happened to be the guides for the tunnel, so they cheerfully helped us find... More

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Payette, Idaho
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This was one of our favorite things we did in Naples, Fabianna was our tour guide and she was fantastic, this is done with volunteers. it was amazing to see these cisterns and learn some of Naples history. I'm not fond of tight spaces, we did the basic tour and I had no issues, they do offer other tours that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW via mobile

Found this attraction through Trip Advisor. Took a visit to the tourist information office to get directions. Wonderful one to one tour provided by Sara. Not for the physically challenged as it is 90 steps down, and a bit uneven. Sara kept us enthralled with the tunnels history. Best 10E we have ever spent. This attraction is run by very... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A must see. Hidden beneath Naples is a maze of aqueducts, royal escape routes, ww2 bomb shelters and a forgotten subway route. The tour is informative and fascinating and recounts the history of each section of these tunnels that merge together into one of the most interesting melting pots of local Neapolitan history one that was almost lost to years... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a really interesting trip and a great way to see Naples. I went with my mom. This was a short excursion that was booked from a cruise. I had never been to Italy. Going on the cruise, we didn't just want to go on shopping excursions. I wanted to learn more about the history of the country. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We did not know what to expect of this tunnel tour. It was part of a walking tour via Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic ship but it sounded "out of the box". The tour guide provided by the organization preserving the tunnels was charming and informative. The pathway and steps down are quite steep and uneven but there are handrails and... More

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Naples, Italy
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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The first time I ever went was on the Adventure tour. You get hard hats and flashlights and get to squeeze through the walls and get to go on a raft through one of the tunnels that's filled with water. A friend of mine came for a visit to Italy and we were in the area, so I took him... More

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were there in June 2014.Entrance was 10 euro per person. Check because it was then open only 3 days in the week and in special hours.The guide was very well prepared and English speaking. There are no rats so don't worry.There is about 17 Celsius downstairs and big humidity. You cannot take pictures.Really interesting place.It lasts 80 minutes.

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Budapest, Hungary
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Even though I have bigger objects of interest than history, this place really fascinated me. A huge tunnel under a city. The interesting fact is that they haven't even finished the discovering of the whole tunnel yet. The guides seemed to be very excited to tell about the place and their english was great. When talking about the city of... More

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