A long tunnel full of finds and all to be discovered: the Bourbon Gallery it is a military masterpiece never completed, but which offers a fascinating piece of underground Naples.
Armed with shovels, wheelbarrows, picks and a lot of love for their city, the volunteers of the Underground Bourbon Cultural Association have unearthed the gallery, giving Neapolitans and tourists a magnificent experience to live. In fact, with a visit to the Bourbon Gallery in Naples you can undertake a interesting and exciting route in the heart of the Neapolitan capital, thanks to the numerous objects, cisterns, engravings, bas-reliefs and the scenographic lighting that accompanies the visitor. A real journey through time!
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- What to see and how to visit Galleria Borbonica
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
Times and prices vary according to the types of tours. 4 different tours are available: Standard Route, Via delle Memorie Route, Adventure Route and Speleo Light Route.
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays
The Standard Route starts at 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00. The Via delle Memorie Path starts at 11:00, 16:00. The Adventure Path starts at 10:00, 12:00, 15:00. Finally, the Speleo Light route starts at 11:00 and 16:00.
- The Standard Route and Via delle Memorie cost € 10,00. The Adventure Path and the Light Speleo Path cost € 15,00.
- Reductions: Standard Route and Via delle Memorie have a reduced price of € 3,00 for minors between 11 and 13 years. The Adventure Course costs € 10,00 for minors between the ages of 10 and 15
- Free: Standard Route and Via delle Memorie are free for children under 10
Online tickets and guided tours
What to see and how to visit Galleria Borbonica
The Bourbon Gallery has three entrances different and well four paths that you can follow to visit it:
- Standard path, can be easily accessed from the Morelli car park or from Vico del Grottone, near Piazza del Plebiscito, through a staircase built in the 700th century. From this last entrance a walk of about 500 meters awaits you, made up of tunnels, wells, cisterns and cavities. The itinerary shows the technical solutions adopted by the designer Errico Alvino, the environments linked to the Renaissance features of the Bolla aqueduct, the bridges and walls built by the Bourbons.
- Via delle Memorie: the itinerary includes a trip to the "hidden Naples", with a visit to the octagonal courtyard, the staircase of Palazzo Serra di Cassano, the small war museum and the underground, with its quarries and the aqueduct. It is accessed from Via Monte di Dio n ° 14 - Palazzo Serra di Cassano c / o Interno A14.
- Adventure path: for this adventure you wear a helmet and use a torch. We will visit two cisterns, we will walk along a 20 m long part of a tunnel called "Pizzofalcone", we will admire eighteenth-century arches and sail on a raft. A really intense itinerary! This route can only be accessed from Via Morelli, 61 (pedestrian entrance to the Morelli car park).
- Speleo Light route: as true speleologists, you will be equipped with a speleological helmet with light and you will explore the tunnels of the ancient underground aqueduct, the cisterns, you will take a long walk in the narrow tunnels and much more ... you will come out perhaps a little dirty, but satisfied definitely! The equipment is provided by the Bourbon Gallery and access is only possible from Via Domenico Morelli, 61 (pedestrian area parking Morelli).
During the visit you can admire several statues, engravings on the walls, and wonderful bas-reliefs vintage cars and motorcycles, emerged from a mass of debris 8 meters high. There are the Fiat 508 Barilla, Fiat 1100 (used as a taxi), Fiat 1400, an Alfa Romeo 2500 SS cabriolet Pinin Farina, lots of Vespas and Lambrettas.
Where is it and how to get there
- Vico del Grottone entrance: Vico del Grottone, 4 - Piazza Plebiscito area. You can get there on foot (it's the second street on the left on Via Gennaro Serra, the entrance is at the end of the closed alley - Get directions), by bus via line E6, by metro via line 1 (Municipio stop), or by funicular (Central Funicular F3, Augusteo stop)
- Via D. Morelli entrance: Via D. Morelli, 61 c / o Morelli Parking - Piazza Vittoria area. For those who are near the center, you can get there on foot (Get directions), by bus via lines E6, 128, 140, 151, 154, N1, by metro via line 1 (Municipio stop) and 2 (stop Piazza Amedeo), or by funicular (Central Funicular F3, Augusteo stop).
- Via Monte di Dio entrance: Via Monte di Dio - Serra di Cassano Palace - Interior A14. You can get there on foot (from Piazza Plebiscito, take Via Gennaro Serra, at the end of the road turn left into Via Monte di Dio and the entrance is located about 80 meters, on the left - Get directions), by bus via the E6 lines , 128, 140, 151, 154, N1, by metro via line 1 (Municipio stop), or by funicular (Central Funicular F3, Augusteo stop).
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Naples 3-day city card (Campania Artecard) and benefit from discounts and concessions, travel on public transport belonging to the UnicoCampania Consortium;
- Book online: buy one of the three tours conveniently online on the official website of the Galleria Borbonica by reserving your seat in advance;
- Priority ticket: buy the ticket with priority entrance to avoid the endless queues Underground Naples: entrance to the Galleria Borbonica;
- Watch out for restrictions: it is not possible to take photographs during the Standard Route, for the Adventure Route the possibility of taking photos is partial, while for the other two it is allowed;
- Accessibilità: only children aged 10 and over can access the Adventure Route.
The Speleo Light path is not allowed for those suffering from claustrophobia, weighing over 100 kg, for those with even minor motor problems and for those under 18. The Via delle Memorie path is not accessible to everyone due to the presence of stairs;
- Minimum time: for the Standard Route the duration is approximately one hour. For Via delle Memorie the duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Adventure Route lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes, while the Speleo Light Route 1 hour and 30 minutes;
- Reservation obligation: reservation not required for the Standard Route and Via delle Memorie. Reservations required for the Adventure Path and Speleo Light;
- Recommended clothing: for the Speleo Light Route wear sneakers or trekking shoes.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The Bourbon Gallery of Naples is an underground cavity located in the San Ferdinando district. It is a military path commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon to Enrico Alvino, in 1853, in order to connect the Largo di Palazzo (now Piazza del Plebiscito) with Piazza Vittoria, passing under the Pizzofalcone hill. This is to allow the royal family and their troops to escape and reach the sea quickly.
The impressive work it was never completed, due to the difficulties encountered during the excavations and the political events, which culminated with the defeat of the Bourbons and the fall of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
The inputs at the Bourbon Gallery they are three:
- Vico del Grottone, 4 - Piazza del Plebiscito area;
- Via D. Morelli, 61 - c / o Morelli Parking;
- Via Monte di Dio, 14 - Serra di Cassano Palace - Int. A14.
Each of these, as seen, allows access to a specific path (Via delle Memorie only from Via Monte di Dio, Adventure Path and Speleo Light only from Morelli Parking), except the standard one which has two entrances (from Vico del Grottone and Parking Morelli).
- reservations are not required for the Standard Route and Via delle Memorie, and photographs cannot be taken during the first.
- For the Adventure Path and Speleo Light you must book and comfortable clothing is recommended, especially for Speleo Light in which you will venture like true speleologists!
- Attention with regard to children, as the Adventure Path are only allowed from 10 years of age, while the Speleo Light visit is only allowed to those over 18 years old (probably a document will be required in both cases to ascertain the age).
- Book online, as there are limited places, you can be sure to visit the Bourbon Gallery on the day you want! Underground Naples: entrance to the Bourbon Gallery;