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“Excellent tour”
Review of Galleria Borbonica

Galleria Borbonica
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Private Walking Tour: Lights and Shadows of Naples
Ranked #2 of 509 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.
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“Excellent tour”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

We loved our bourbon tunnel experience! Fabiana was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and had a fun energy. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Naples.

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“Excellent Tour (1 hour €10/person)”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

I would make this a must-do when visiting Naples. Guides reall know the history of the tunnels. tours in English or Italian. Other languages if you make an appointment.

You can enter from either "end" of the complex.

Visited August 2014
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

The guides really know their stuff and are passionate about their tunnels. It was a welcome break from the august heat, and really interesting to boot.

Visited August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in busy Naples”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We turned up on the day for the standard tour which we really enjoyed. Had we known about the tunnels further in advance we would definitely have booked onto a Speleo or Adventure tour, both of which sound brilliant.

Our tour guide was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. She spoke fantastic English and offered to translate into French and Spanish as well for other people in our group. The group itself was small and felt really exclusive.

This tour is suitable for adults and children and should definitely not be missed.

Visited August 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Must do in Naples”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We found out about the Bourbon Tunnel by looking on Trip advisor and were so pleased we visited, it was so interesting! It's not marked on the tourist maps for some reason so make sure you research it's location before you go. We turned up just after the English tour had started (at 12pm) but luckily the guy on the ticket office was so kind, he contacted his colleague 'underground' and they waited whilst he took us down to meet the rest of the group. The tour guide Sarah was so animated and informative, it was such a great tour and brilliant to learn about the history of the tunnel. We would definitely recommend this historical gem in Naples

Visited August 2014
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