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Galleria Borbonica

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Address: Vico del Grottone 4 | Zona Piazza Plebiscito, 80132, Naples, Italy
Phone Number: +39 081 764 5808
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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really enjoyable and a bit different

booked by chance and didn't regret it, not at all scary. its a lot of walking so do bring suitable shoes. great insight into life in naples at the time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

booked by chance and didn't regret it, not at all scary. its a lot of walking so do bring suitable shoes. great insight into life in naples at the time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour is a definite "must see" when you are in Napoli.Our guide , Sara made it so much better with her passion and great stories.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fast, funny, dynamic, interesting, enjoyable for all age categories and done by kind volunteers (thx. Sabrina). We recommend to everyone :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The long walk underground in a stange tunnel, spanning from Borbone period to WWII shelter for thousand and thousand people. The motivated and well prepared guides, all voluntary, clearly describe the building issues of the this strange mix between tunnel and caves, the hystory and legends, and the real life stories for people who lived underground to escape the WWII... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, Sabrina, was informative and very pleasant, and it was interesting the see the old system of cisterns, the Borbon tunnel itself, and the reminders of the use of the system as shelters during the bombing of WWII. Claustrophobia isn't an issue unless you're extremely susceptible. The only negatives were that the visit was, I thought, a bit more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing walk through life during the second world war - in the most bombed city in Italy. Its sobering to see what war really means to the people affected by it. Even though this was probably the safest underground bunker (using an ancient underground water system, 30 meters underground) in continental Europe - the harsh realities of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to a workshop on the underground built environment in Naples, I had the opportunity to visit this incredible site! More than a place, the galleria is a path in our memory and culture, surprising us with technological innovation (Enrico Alvino's geniality in solving structural problems), fragments of a near past (statues from the fascism time, old cars, motor bikes,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Galleria Borbonica is a truly unique experience. Fascinating place to the eyes of visitors, a secret place full of history with magic atmosphere. Interesting journey through different time periods that conducts visitors to the underground of Naples. We visited Galleria Borbonica in November 2016 as part of the workshop of academics and researchers interested in different underground places and their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even the second time it was interesting to visit. The tour guides are nice and friendly. Very nice "spooky" atmosphere. Historicaly very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went to visit the gallery on our last day in Naples. We arrived for the 10am standard tour on Saturday. We were lucky enough to have a tour guide to ourselves. The gallery is underground and used as shelter during the World War Two. Very fascinating history and kinda made us feel really sad seeing the... More 

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