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Bourbon Tunnel (Galleria Borbonica)
Bourbon Tunnel (Galleria Borbonica)

Bourbon Tunnel (Galleria Borbonica)

Vico del Grottone, 4, Naples, Italy

The basics

This soaring tunnel was constructed by the ruling Bourbon king to connect the Royal Palace with the military barracks, allowing the royal family to quickly move troops and secretly escape in the event of a rebellion. Meant to connect to the existing, early-17th-century Carmignano aqueduct system deep under the Chiaia neighborhood, the tunnel was largely forgotten until World War II, when it was used as an air-raid shelter for thousands of city residents.

Today, the subterranean corridors are one of the highlights of Naples Underground tours, during which guides share in-depth details and stories about how the tunnels have been used over time for everything from a veterinary laboratory and military hospital to storage for vintage cars and unwanted Fascist statuary. Join one of these unique tours to navigate the tunnel's depths far below the Naples and take a deep dive into the city’s 19th- and 20th-century history. Naples Underground tours are one of the most popular attractions in the city, and booking tickets in advance is highly recommended, especially during the crowded summer months.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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cool place
Jamie_L, Aug 2022
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
great respite from the summer heat, and learnt so much about the area. however, the entrance area is quite sketchy so do be careful
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Great experience and very...
Sebestyn_B, Jun 2022
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Great experience and very knowledgeable guide. The only negative that this standard route doesn't include any underground "pools" or "lakes" as most photos show.
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History brought alive
Emilia_N, Jun 2022
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Very interessting tour - our nearly nine year old son loved it!! Sabrina was a great guide and storyteller!
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Timetravelling in the undergrounds of Naples
Erik_V, Sep 2021
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Great guide, told us very interesting things with a pinch of humour, but we forgot his name. interesting place to visit.
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Perfect hot day activity
Angelo_B, Aug 2021
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Did the standard visit. Nice and cool down there so it’s a great tour to do on very hot days. The guide was very knowledgeable and one hour is a good time to go through. Might try the adventure tour next time
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The real underground experience
Lorenzo_R, Aug 2021
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Amazing experience through The centuries underneath The Montediddio hill. Fascinating the place and The stories about Walter Weshka, the Monacielli e o’ Pezzuott
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Give people a chance
Liane_O, Jul 2021
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
It is a very interesting, incredible Galleria, but offered only in english or itslian. Unfortunatelly I had no chance to understand the guide, thoug I speak both languages quite good. It was an italian group and so the guide was talking very rapidly and I had no chance to follow her explanations. What a pitty that they have no audio guide!
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Hidden Gem
Michael_G, Feb 2020
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
Guides were wonderful. What a wonderful experience. We've been to Naples before and had no idea. Will definitely be back!
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Galleria Borbonica
Mary F, Aug 2019
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
The tour was amazing. It was great to experience history first hand and explore a wwII bunker. The guide was very informative!
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Intriguing Location and Stories!
Audrey_F, May 2021
Galleria Borbonica Entrance Ticket in Standard Route
The tour was really interesting! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. She really left us with an impression of what it must have been like to have to rush down the stairs to the tunnels when the air-raid siren went off. She also described the living conditions and showed us some cool memorabilia that had been left behind by the occupants. Additionally, she explained why the tunnel had been built and how the original "cistern cleaners" had to do their jobs. It was amazing! Definitely recommend, though if I had it to do again, I'd pay the extra for the "adventure tour".
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Things to know before you go

  • There are a number of options to explore the Naples Underground tunnels, including the Galleria Borbonica. Choose a standard walking itinerary, or try guided spelunking or rafting through the ancient cisterns and aqueducts.
  • Wheelchair users can join a standard tour, of which about 60 percent of the itinerary is accessible.
  • Kids especially enjoy the thrill of exploring this warren of underground passages and tunnels.
  • The huge spaces and dust-covered abandoned cars and scooters make for interesting photos, so bring your camera.
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How to get there

The Bourbon Tunnel is part of the Naples Underground itinerary, accessible via the Morelli Parking Garage pedestrian entry on Via D. Morelli or on Vico del Grottone behind Piazza del Plebiscito.

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When to get there

Guided tours of Naples Underground are offered on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. There are two morning and two afternoon tours, and the tunnel is also used as a venue for candlelight classical music concerts on scheduled evenings.

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The Hidden Side of Naples: Naples Underground

More than 130 feet (40 meters) below the streets of Naples, you can explore a network of ancient spaces from aqueducts dug by the ancient Greeks to caverns excavated for air-raid shelters during World War II with a guide during a Naples Underground tour. In addition to the Bourbon Tunnel itinerary, the underground sights also include a 4th-century water cistern and the ruins of a Roman theater where Emperor Nero once performed.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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