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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 333 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is definitely the most interesting tour about underground Naples. More interesting and much less touristy than 'Napoli Soterranea'.

The carved spaces are like cathedrals underground. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2014
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“Tunnel Borbone - Naples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I had a wonderful experience learning about the history of Naples and how people lived collecting water from the wells.We were fortunate enough to have a passionate archaeologist lead the tour, a chap called Gianluca.
It was hard to believe that we were walking under Naples seeing relics from the past and how this place was used as a bomb shelter during the war. Exhibited are Old hospital beds, cars, motorbikes, and the list goes on, pure history.
This is a must see for anyone travelling to Naples.
What they say is true, "see Naples and die"!

Visited February 2014
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“Extremely Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The tour was fantastic and our tour guide was extremely charismatic in explaining everything about the tunnels to us!

Visited February 2014
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“Tunnel Borbonico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Camminare nella storia, nel ventre di Napoli ma in spazi molto ampli e meno angusti di Napoli sotterranea, guide simpaticissime, tanti turisti per un costo irrisorio....un'esperienza UNICA. Don't miss it.

Walking the history, waliking inside Naples....large underground spaces, OK also for claustrophonic people, guides young and funny, pretty economic, tourists everywhere...a mix of cool people, history and funny....a mix of life, a mix of Naples

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I did the adventure path. I descended 30 feet underground along the ancient route built by Enrico Alvino the architect of Bourbons. Between the ancient cisterns i arrived in the tunnel of the construction site of the metro line LTR that has never been completed and now is filled with water and passable with a raft. The experience is very scenic and the guides are very smart and prepared, they give you many informations about history, architecture and geology. A truly complete experience. Along the way you can see the remains of the Second World War: fascinating. I really reccomend this museum. Thanks to our guides Marco and Marco, i will come back soon

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