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Galleria Borbonica

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Address: Vico del Grottone 4 | Zone Piazza Plebiscito, 80132, Naples, Italy
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+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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I'm a teenager and I admit that I didn't have the highest expectations for this experience, but tbh I was wrong. I did the Adventure path and it was impressing. The guide was... read more

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Como, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm a teenager and I admit that I didn't have the highest expectations for this experience, but tbh I was wrong. I did the Adventure path and it was impressing. The guide was very passionate, fun and involving while explained, and made the history of the place actually interesting. I loved the trip on the boat, and watching the old... More 

Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very exciting experience through the centuries. A place where you can find traces of a rich and fascinating past from the XVII century to the II World War... and even after. An extraordinary group of volunteers made possible for everyone to enjoy this underground jewel. The nice Lea was a very good guide.

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Marbella, Spain
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is amazing. So much history and so many well preserved vehicles and items from WWII. The guide, whose name was Assunta, was outstanding. Everything was explained in detail and for €10 this is a must see place in Naples.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't recommend this enough! Really interesting and informative - shows a totally different side to Naples. Great price at just €10. Guide was fantastic - easy to understand and full of knowledge. We both loved it.

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You never expect to see so much history, facts and stories underneath a city that is already full of history, facts and stories such as Naples is!!! But what you see at this tour is really a plus- Eventhoug the tour is only ran in Italian, the guides are so knowledgeable and sympathetic that you won't notice. Interesting also for... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are in Naples then you must try and see this attraction! You are transported to an underground world. The entrance stairs are narrow but once at the bottom the tunnels and caverns open up. Your guide will take you through different periods of time and explain the workings and purpose of the Borbonica. During the second world war,... More 

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liverpool, merseyside
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit with tour guide. Kids really enjoyed it... Round corner from piazza plebiscito.

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Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most tourists who come to Naples miss out on this tour, but it should be something you see first. Away from the Amalfi, Vesuvius, and the exotic islands. This tour offers a unique and interesting tour into the history of Naples. Recommend all visitors research the dates and times tours are offered. Don't miss the candle light squeeze into the... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You descend 300 meters into 400 years of history, starting with Ferdinand II in 1853 creating an escape route. It's part of the Aqueduct system that was used in WWII as an air raid shelter and military hospital. The police also used the tunnel to house cars and motorcycles that were impounded. Not recommended for those uncomfortable with enclosed spaces... More 

Thank HiltonHeadrover
Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really good place to see to learn about the city's history but also escape crowds and ubiquitous cathedrals. I was shocked how big and well-kept the tunnels are. The history behind them is stunning and our guide's, Sabrina's, narrative was both educative and enjoyable. Go and see for yourself!

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