The Bourbon Gallery

... was originally created as an underground viaduct to allow rapid troop movements as well as transport of water and supplies.
The Bourbon Gallery
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Discover the city beneath the city...

Technical organization Associazione Borbonica Sotterranea
Provided by Associazione Borbonica Sotterranea

Overview

Discover with us the Bourbon Gallery: a splendid underground trail in Naples, built in the 1850s. The Bourbon Gallery's recent opening to the public adds a prime example of Bourbon civil architecture to the already impressive list of tunnels, caves and quarries of "the city beneath the city."

Opening Hours:
The Bourbon Gallery is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.



Guided visits with two guides at 10:00am, 12:00 noon, 3:30pm and 5:30pm.

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Language: Italian and English.



The tunnel has two different entrances/exits that can be chosen indifferently, one of which allows entrance to the disabled. Guided tours depart at the same time for both entrances:

> Entrance 1: Vico del Grottone 4, Naples

Access: 150 meters from Piazza del Plebiscito. Facing the church of San Francesco di Paola, leave the Piazza on the right of the church, following Via San Gennario Serra for about 100 meters. Turn left into the first street after Via Nuova Pizzofalcone, you will find Vico del Grottone.

This access has a picturesque 18th century stairway with 90 steps.

 

> Entrance 2: Via Domenico Morelli 40, Naples

Access from inside the pedestrian entrance of the parking Morelli, from which one can access Via Piana

. This entrance is wheelchair-accessible.


Visit can be reserved up to 7 days before.



Information about the facilities:

  • The gallery is spacious, well-lit, and makes for easy walking

  • 7 restrooms and a snacks and drinks machine

  • Access from Via Morelli offers easy parking and entrance for disabled

  • 60% of the visit is wheelchair-accessible

  • Stop for tourist buses close to both entrances.

    • Entrance 1: 10 minutes walk from Naples port parking.

    • Entrance 2: only 150 meters from Piazza Vittoria, Villa Communale, and Naples promenade

  • Guided visit with two guides for better assistance to the group

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Details

Explore the underground of Naples' Mount Echia, the “city beneath the city.” The Bourbon Gallery has finally been opened to visitors, 150 years after the original project of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon and his architect Errico Alvino in 1853 was begun.

The gallery was originally created as an underground viaduct to allow rapid troop movements as well as transport of water and supplies from the Royal Palace to Via Morelli.

For political and economical reasons, work on the gallery stopped around the unification of Italy (1861).

During WWII, the gallery and connected underground structures were used as shelters during German and allied bombardments.

The tour starts from Vico del Grottone, where you will descend through an 18th century stair case to reach the old Carmignano aqueduct tanks(1627-1629). These were transformed into shelters during WWII.

The gallery is 530 meters long and exits at Via Morelli, which offers wheelchair-access (and excellent parking).

The Bourbon Gallery's recent opening to the public adds a prime example of Bourbon civil architecture to the already impressive list of tunnels, caves and quarries of "the city beneath the city."

Prices

Full Price Ticket:

  • Visitors from 14 to 74 years of age

  • Companions of the disabled

Reduced Price Ticket:

  • Children from11 to 13 years of age

  • Visitors aged 75 and over

  • Disabled visitors

FREE Admission:

  • Children up to 10 years of age

 

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