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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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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I visited it at 10:00am (the first tour). It was really nice as they separated tours with different spoken languages. The guide spoke really good english, which was maybe the best english i had even heard in italy. the place was full of interesting things to see. Even most parts of the tunnel are not allowed to take photos, it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We loved our bourbon tunnel experience! Fabiana was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and had a fun energy. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Naples.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

I would make this a must-do when visiting Naples. Guides reall know the history of the tunnels. tours in English or Italian. Other languages if you make an appointment. You can enter from either "end" of the complex.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The guides really know their stuff and are passionate about their tunnels. It was a welcome break from the august heat, and really interesting to boot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We turned up on the day for the standard tour which we really enjoyed. Had we known about the tunnels further in advance we would definitely have booked onto a Speleo or Adventure tour, both of which sound brilliant. Our tour guide was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. She spoke fantastic English and offered to translate into French and Spanish... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We found out about the Bourbon Tunnel by looking on Trip advisor and were so pleased we visited, it was so interesting! It's not marked on the tourist maps for some reason so make sure you research it's location before you go. We turned up just after the English tour had started (at 12pm) but luckily the guy on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

There are three options when visiting the tunnels. Firstly, the standard tour which you can just turn up for. Then there's the 90 min "Adventure tour", which must be booked in advance and delves deeper underneath the city. Finally there's "Speleo tour", which also has to be pre-booked and even involves a trip on a zip cord but that's over... More

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Düsseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You can read about what the Bourbon Tunnels are/were above, but do go and experience them! The guides are knowledgable and passionate about the history of the tunnels and that of Naples. The enormous tunnels (even claustrophobics should be fine here) were intended as an escape route for the Royal Bourbon family, but truly made their mark in history previously... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Amazing place to visit and cool as well. Sara, our great guide, talk very knowledgeably and bought the place to life. Tour takes about an hour and is a must do IMHO.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I saw the great reviews on TripAdvisor and am so glad we went for the tour. We arrived on Sunday and was told there was a tour in 30mins (at midday). The staff on the desk were informative and welcoming and answered all questions including worries about the amount of steps there are as my mum has some difficulties walking.... More

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