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“Lots of stairs down, well worth the effort”
Review of Galleria Borbonica

Galleria Borbonica
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Private Walking Tour: Lights and Shadows of Naples
Ranked #10 of 844 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.
Reviewed December 1, 2015

This tour was a fascinating look at a bit of history completely new to me. Cisterns and tunnels under Naples dating to the Roman empire that I had never heard of before. Stories and artifacts from their use as air raid shelters during WWII were particularly interesting. Ansara was a well informed and engaging guide. Note that there are a LOT of stairs to go down, and the tunnel floor is not flat and smooth. My spry 84 year old father did it, and was exhausted afterwards. People with walking issues should consult the guides before attempting this tour.

Thank Dennis S
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Reviewed November 24, 2015

The Bourbon Tunnel is the most fascinating route under the city of Naples. This underground tunnel was built to be a high society fashion gallery and as an hidden route to make a straight path from the army camp to the Bourbon buildings to be used in case of popular insurrection. The tunnel was in use as a shelter during the World War II bombing on Naples and, after the war, as a car deposit. Discovered and recently opened to public can be visited by tourist with the help of a guide. During the visit our guide, a brilliant well motivated young girl, has spent most of her energies talking of the objects we encountered on our path. First we met several ancient cars, left in the tunnel for various reasons, mostly due to problems with the justice. Then the rooms used by the refugees and, while we were deep inside the tunnel, we saw a small part of the ancient hydraulic system of Naples. The guide narrated us the fascinating legend of "munaciello" i.e. some one, like a monk, able to enter nighttime in the houses of the poor and leave some money taken from the houses of rich. In real life these man were skilled people able to do the maintenance of the old water cisterns, but the legend was a very good excuse for any amount of money lost or found in the houses. There are different kind of visits to the Bourbon Tunnel, the easiest is for everybody and another, more tough, that goes deeper inside and requires some physical aptitude and not to be claustrophobic. In summary a place that, must be visited, while you are in Naples.

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Reviewed November 21, 2015

A fascinating insight into a hidden part of Naples. Our guide, AnnaLaura was really special and an absolute credit to the attraction. Very detailed and interesting tour, better than any school history lesson!
I have lived in the city for over 10 years and this has to be one of the best experiences yet, in this magical city of surprises!

Thank pozzgelz
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Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is certainly a part of Italian history worth seeing. We spent a month in Italy and enjoyed a lot of 'ancient' history and it was nice seeing something from a different era. The tour was really informative and there are some really cool things to see down there. Plus its lovely and cool if you visit on a summers day

1  Thank Chelsea B
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Reviewed November 16, 2015

Very cool historical location. The tour guides provided when you purchase your ticket on site are extremely knowledgeable. They have Italian and English speaking. Takes an hour and so worth the 10 euro. Enjoy!

3  Thank Jennifer K
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