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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 224 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip to the bay of Naples. There were approximately 90 steps down the entrance into the tunnel but considerate and helpful staff offered us the chance to enter through a more accessible entrance due to the fact that one of our party had mobility issues. However we chose to use the steps.Our... More

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Blaricum
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Bourbon tunnel (galleriabor bonica) is the escape route the king Ferdinand II build to get out his castles, or the soldiers in, when things get rough. He didn't complete it, but its a fascinating structure. It is however build on the ancient water system for the city. Long canals and cisterns caved out in the tuff stone were Naples... More

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albuquerque, NM, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The only reason that this one scored a 4 from me was due to the fact that we were not allowed to take pictures. We took my brother and family who are stationed in Naples (Navy) to see these tunnels--they knew nothing about them. There was a guided tour available in English. All of us were incredibly impressed with the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Check website for opening times ..at time of writing, Friday Saturday and Sunday at set times for the start of the tours. Campania Arte card includes this site. Three types of tour.. We wanted to do adventure tour and wrote email to reserve, but had a reply that 6 or more needed to sign up for this to run. Having... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Naples is a city on a grand scale- big buildings, big statues, big city. This tour is worth seeing for what's underneath the city - extensive and rich in history. I was fortunate to be the only person for the English tour and Sara did an excellent job in relating the stories and information. Her ability to speak several languages... More

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