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“Worth discovering, Il Tunnel Borbonico or Bourbon Tunnel”
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Galleria Borbonica
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Private Walking Tour: Lights and Shadows of Naples
Ranked #2 of 502 things to do in Naples
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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.
Pinasca, Italy
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“Worth discovering, Il Tunnel Borbonico or Bourbon Tunnel”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

I had no idea what I was going to see when I joined a group of American naval families for this underground tour. What a delight the knowledgeable and well spoken Italian volunteer guides, Fabiana and Sara turned out to be. Their passion and humor for this interesting underground attraction of Naples made the tour quite enjoyable. It is a fascinating account through the centuries of what were first aqueducts, a royal escape route and shelter during the war and aftermath, and makes for a pleasurable walk back in time. We took the easiest tour suitable for almost everyone of moderate fitness. The adventure tours I think would be a great reason to return with friends looking for a little more adventure traveling through history. It is well worth your time and €10 entrance fee to spend an hour and 15 minutes underneath Naples leaning about this unusual part of Neapolitan history that at one point, this passageway was suppose to be fit for a king to travel through. Your visit supports their ongoing efforts to recover their history.

Visited December 2013
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“bourbon tunnel”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

went to the Bourbon Tunnel in Naples - known as Tunnel Borbonico - there are a few tunnels to choose from - beginners to advanced - with advanced doing abseilling as well into water tunnels and narrow spaces. We did the normal walking tunnel - was very interesting and quite fascinating to know how far down people were living or hiding out. Well worth a visit. This company is still finding things in the tunnels and all proceeds from your ticket purchase goes towards more excavating, they receive no funding from the government or anyone.

Visited December 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“the secrets of Naples”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Amazing experience through the underground Naples! We learned an other incredible side of the history of this enchanting city (I'm not going to spoil it here ;) ). The expert guides led us through modern and ancient caves, discovered and brought to light for us thanks to their own voluntary and unpaid work. We had the adventure tour...not that adventurous, next time we will go for the speleologist level!

Visited November 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“excellent visit in an amazing place!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

An incredible journey in an unexpected places in Napoli center; inside a parking area there is the entrance; the guide Marco explains history and geography of these incredible caves which develop under ancient building and the role they had from II world war till today. You can choose three different journeys: standard, adventure or speleo. We had the standard and it was really touching!
Really strongly suggested.

Visited November 2013
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San Giorgio a Cremano, Campania, Italy
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“A unique place in the world”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

This morning, I and my group of friends went to visit the "Bourbon Tunnel."
We chose the path "adventure" that lasts about an hour and a half. We descended into the bowels of Naples, in those who were once wells from which they brought out water for the houses built above.
A unique path in the world. It proceeds through tunnels, caves, and tunnels in the heart of the earth, even on a raft for a few tens of meters.
You see anctiche cars and motorcycles, in what for a time was a judicial deposit of vehicles.
The location is very central, and by public transport is easy to get there.
If you have not already done so, Check it out!

Visited November 2013
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