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Galleria Borbonica

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Address: Vico del Grottone 4 | Zone Piazza Plebiscito, 80132, Naples, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 081 764 5808
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 12:00
15:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Enchanting scenery that unfolds to the eyes of visitors, a secret place...

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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After a lot of ancient and bourbon history it was nice to see something from modern history! Old cisterns and an intended royal tunnel used as air raid shelters during world war 2... read more

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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After a lot of ancient and bourbon history it was nice to see something from modern history! Old cisterns and an intended royal tunnel used as air raid shelters during world war 2 and also an illegal vehicle impound decades later!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are a history geek, such as myself, this is a necessary tour if you are in Naples. I showed up a few minutes after the English tour departed, but the staff was kind enough to let me catch up and join them. There is some good history, some sad history, but all worth seeing. The guides are careful... More 

Thank AngieChan13
Porto Valtravaglia, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You must try this experience! Mr Giuseppe, geologist, guided us through the tunnel during our adventure experience. The path wasn't so difficult so you can live a safe journey in the dark. You must wear helmet and you have to use led torch, really adventurous!

Thank Mistress_of_Delirium
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Underground Naples hides many secrets. Thousands years of the city existence has created undergrounds of incredible size and structure. You must visit the place.

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did this as a family of four (2 adults, 11 year old, 7 year old). The entrance was hidden down a side street off the main shopping street of Via Chaia. The entrance is very unassuming and the tour starts with descending a lot of stairs. The gude takes you through all the history of the tunnel, I won't... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed seeing ancient cars and motor bikes from WWII also where people sheltered from bombing. Would have liked to linger to take pictures but we were hurried on.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew that there was so much to see and explore under Naples. This extensive network of caverns and tunnels has been used over the centuries for water storage, aqueducts, a king's escape route, air raid shelters and even a police car-pound. The guides who show you around are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to experience something different about Naples this is definitely your tour. You'll go underground to learn about the history of the city.

Thank Petitami
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour with Daniella; funny, informative, kept a good pace and was happy to answer any questions. The tunnels itself has a steep set of stairs to get down but once there is fairly easy to navigate and doesn't feel inclosed.

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new orleans
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You must ask for Sabrina if you visit. She brought the history alive in a unique historical site. Like nothing else in the world. Bravo

Thank tony f

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