An aqueduct, an escape route, an air raid shelter, and an impound lot. Naples Bourbon Tunnel descends 30 meters into the bowels of Monte Echia and travels through 500 years of Neapolitan history. Visitors emerge in Chiaia’s Parcheggio Morelli, a state of the art parking structure built into the ancient Grotta del Chiatamone. Serving as an alternate entrance to the tunnel, the Bourbon Tunnel is Naples only handicap accessible underground tour.
Conceived of by Ferdinand II in 1853 as an escape route from the Royal Palace that was never completed, the tunnel is part of the Carmignano Aqueduct system. Built in the early 17th century, the aqueduct supplied water to the Monte di Dio district until 1866. During WWII, this cavernous structure served as an air raid shelter and military hospital, providing aid and protection to some 10,000 Neapolitans. After the war, the tunnel was used an impound lot until the 1970s.
The Bourbon Tunnel was opened to the public in October 2010 after five years of cleaning and restoration work by the Associazione Culturale Borbonica Sotteranea. Visits to the Bourbon Tunnel are by guided tour only.
Guided Tours of the Bourbon Tunnel
Where: the tour starts at both entrances, Via Morelli, 40 (inside Morelli car parking) and Vico del Grottone, 4. Tours starting at Vico del Grottone will descend approximately 30 meters via an 18th century staircase.
When: Friday through Sunday and Holidays at 10:00 – 12:00 – 15:30 – 17:30
Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes
How Much: €10,00
Reservations are not required
This tour takes visitors by raft through the waters of the lowest part of the aqueduct. Children under 10 not allowed.
Where: Via Morelli, 40 (inside Morelli car parking)
When: Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 – 12:00 – 15:30 – 17:30
Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
For more adventurous visitors and caving enthusiasts, with their own own lighted helmet, overalls and gloves, visitors will crawl along the ground through aqueduct tunnels to reach the most beautiful cisterns still full of water. Then, with a personal harness, visitors can fly upon a cistern via a zip-line. Children under 18 are not allowed and the tour is not recommended for claustrophobic people, persons with motor disabilities, or anyone weighing over 100 kg.
Where: Vico del Grottone, 4
When: Saturday and Sunday at 1100- 1600
Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
Bookings for all tours can be made online or to +393662484151 – 0817645808 or firstname.lastname@example.org