Galleria Borbonica
Galleria Borbonica
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Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Julia m
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    This was an amazing experience. Victoria was our tour guide and she gave us so much information from all of the WWII info to the aqueduct information. It really feels like you are going back in time the entire tour. You will feel both emotional and amazed as you go through each area. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Napoli.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Kerrylou
    Chertsey, United Kingdom168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history tour, just needs to slow down a little
    We loved this tour. Firstly, be prepared for a lot of steep steps down to the underground tunnels, but once you are there it's a fascinating journey through time. Our guide clearly had a passion for the history that she was telling us, she was open to questions, and she had a very thorough knowledge of the tunnels. The reason for a 4 rating rather than a 5 is twofold. Firstly, we arrived a little early at the entrance at Via del Grottone for the last tour of the day. The lady on reception was not overly welcoming. I have a heart condition and cannot stand for long. At the entrance, there were two high stools near the reception desk, and several folded plastic chairs at the little room adjacent to that. My husband opened a couple of the chairs so we could sit when we were told rather rudely that those chairs were for staff only and we needed to be outside until the tour started. We didn't see any other members of staff until the tour started so I don't see why there was a problem, and had some staff arrived, we would have vacated. So instead I had to sit on someone's doorstep. Secondly, during the tour, there are spots when you want to take photographs and as we were a large group, this can take a little time. However, as other tours are going on at the same time but travelling in the opposite direction,.we were hurried on a number of times at the places where people wanted to take photos. Guides from the other tours were telling us that we needed to move on and hurry up. This slightly spoilt it for us, and personally I think the tours should be 15 minutes longer to ensure that those who want to take photos have the opportunity to.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • RonSiemens501
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourbon Tunnel tour
    Wonderful and informative tour. I recommend for anyone visiting Naples. The size and magnitude of the excavation needs to be seen in person. The old cars and Vespas left behind are photographical bonus.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Lynn Trepel Caglar
    Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional tour , not to be missed
    This is a must tour for anyone going to Naples ! Our guide David ( Davide) spoke excellent English and opened up our minds to the Naples world of WW2, how people with the worst conditions survived in these tunnels and how their were many dangerous intrigues between royalties and Ferdinand II. I have been to the Pompei tour ( half of the ruins are in the archeology museum) . I found this tour to be better mainly because Davide was an exceptional guide and it was not only a historical tour from 1853 until the 1960’s but also an emotional tour about civilization . I took this tour on Oct 31, 2023.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • searchin4it
    131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating!
    10am Sunday morning tour with about 18 people. No problem with crowds or noise. Great guide who was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. And the place - just fantastic. A must see. Also, for photographers, the tour wasn’t rushed and gave me enough time to take shots of everything.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 November 2023
  • jtomaszewski
    Poznan, Poland2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for first timers in naples
    From all the undergrounds in Napoli i chose this one - and i recommend this too. You get to see different eras of the tunnels, and more. We had a small group and Martina was a great guide - we even managed to see some extras (the water room) even though it wasn't in the standard tour. Thanks !
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Tatiana B
    Sao Paulo, SP9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must to go!
    I highly recommend it! An essential visit for anyone who loves history and is curious to explore Naples more deeply. The team of guides is very friendly, and our guide provided us with incredibly interesting information. Don't miss out on this experience.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2024
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99TedP61
Adelaide, Australia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, check your tickets as to which entrance you are supposed to start the tour … there are more than one and it’s a 10-15 min walk to find the correct entrance if you start at the wrong one. Also be aware, the entrances are not particularly easy to find. Having said that, this was one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had. The extensive series of tunnels which have been re-purposed over a number of centuries are breathtaking. The history surrounding each of these periods was fascinating, particularly the use of the tunnels as bomb shelters during WW2. Our English speaking guide was informative, engaging and humorous. It’s amazing that the re-imagining of the tunnels as a tourist attraction has only been realised in the last 15 years. Some of the items seen in the tunnels from more recent times,essentially dumped cars and motorcycles from the 1950s, provide an almost post-apocalyptic theatre. Well worth seeing.
Written 19 May 2024
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Julie D
Houston, TX48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a very interesting experience and it was enjoyable to learn about the history of this unique place. David was our guide and he was very clear and informative. It was just the right length. Also-if you have trouble with uneven surfaces be careful with this one. Walking in Naples is almost always on uneven surfaces, but being in the dark makes it more difficult.
Written 19 May 2024
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Tim S
Leeds, UK61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Brilliant guide. Passionate and informative. Eerie and atmospheric place, very well organised. A rich history of time during the way and after.
Written 6 May 2024
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Art is heart
Mumbai, India682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A tunnel commissioned by the king by enslaving the hapless workers who in 3 years bring about a huge underground architectural marvel with just some bare hands n chiesels n hammers is then used in the WW2 as a Bomb bunker with smart alert mechanisms such as flickering of the lights along with the sirens going off.
The modern world as usual doesn't value such historical wonders n used it as a landfill till thankfully the wonderful organisation behind restoration of such gifts, showed us the magic.
I don't remember the name of the tour guide ( i think Martina) , but she was brilliant, the tunnel also has some impounded cars n vespas.
Open only on weekends, not to be missed.
Written 5 May 2024
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Adrian
Nanikon, Switzerland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the standard tour online, and the check-in procedure was smooth. The tour really helped us to understand Naples a bit better. Our guide was amazing. Her English was amazing. She spoke loud and clear and managed to avoid the many other groups. Great experience to see how this tunnel was used during the past 400 years. Kudos to the people who brought this to life. For me, this was the highlight in Naples.
Written 4 May 2024
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Joe P
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really worth visiting. Our guide Roberto was knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the tunnels. Definitely worth the money.
Written 4 May 2024
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AllanAB15
Aberdeen, UK114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the Standard tour from the entrance near Piazza del Plebisito. Entrance is down a side lane, with signage on the main street. Mega large group, which was split into two, claiming maximum size of 20 persons. Rubbish! Our and other groups we passed going other way were around 30 people. Proximity at times to other groups made it difficult to hear the guide, who was fine and gave time for questions. Lots of steps down at beginning, with few tunnels and large open caverns, but excludes any with water.
Written 3 May 2024
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Daniel S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
An amazing tour through the underground of Napoli.
Our guide David did an amazing job (English tour). He explained everything in a visual and entertaining style.
We loved it!
Written 2 May 2024
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marcopolo
Forest, VA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour was very interesting and informative. Our guide David told us everything we needed to know and more. His english was really good and he was happy to answer any question we had. We took the standard route and for it's one hour length it was really well presented. I will most definitely come back to check the other ones too.
Written 1 May 2024
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Lucy H
England, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is an awesome place to visit!! Our guide Sabrina was so knowledgeable and friendly and the tunnels themselves were super interesting. Lots of history - well worth a visit. Thank you.
Written 22 April 2024
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