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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 222 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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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We checked out the tour of the tunnels during our 3 day stay in Napoli and it was our favorite thing we did in the city. The guide we had was excellent and it was a fascinating look at the history of Napoli through many different time periods. Only 10 euro for the 80 or so minute tour and it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Naples is a city hollowed by underground tunnels, excavations and passageways some of which are yet to be discovered. One of the most recent additions offering guided tours are the bourbon tunnels. A time capsule that offers history from the 1700s up to the middle of the 20th century. A stone throw from our apartment we were pleasantly surprised to... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Bourbon Tunnels was a great tour to go on and a nice break from the sweltering heat outside. Our tour guide seemed passionate about what she was doing and definitely knowledgeable. We went on the standard tour,where we had the chance to explore aqueducts, learn about their role as WW2 bomb shelters and to see the Bourbon Tunnel, which... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Very very well done. Interesting how the tunnel was used in three different eras for three very different purposes. The voluntary organisation that restored this historical attraction deserves special praise n I am glad to have supported it.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

we did not expected how impresive it was this tour! the guides are great proffesionals that made it possible to exist and keep working inside the tunnel, and we all had a fantastic tour and our teens had a great fun inside!.

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was my favorite tour of Napoli, a quiet and cooler environment than the chaos outside. The guides are informative and passionate (and volunteering their time!), the standard tour shows many historical aspects of the tunnels. Seems family friendly and I 100% recommend this tour to see an entirely different side of Naples, right under your feet.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Bourbon Tunnels was amazing! Lucia, was our voluntary tour guide who did an amazing job at telling us the history of the cisterns. The tour lasted around an hour and I learnt a lot about the bombing of Naples during WWII. It was an amazing experience and I recommend it to everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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