Underground Tunnels of Galleria Borbonica in Naples

| | , ,

The Galleria Borbonica, Tunnel Borbonico, or Bourbon Tunnel is an ancient military underground passage connecting the Royal Palace to military barracks in Naples, enabling the king to flee to the sea and the soldiers to defend the palace quickly.

Errico Alvino was commissioned to construct a military passage for troops.

Two years after it was begun, the fall of the Bourbon dynasty led construction to a halt.

The underground halls and floors were originally tuff stone pits and also contained old water cisterns.

During the hundreds of bombings in World War II, the people of Naples used the rooms as shelters. Being forgotten the tunnel system became a depot for illegal cars and bikes confiscated by the police in the 1920s/1930s.

The tunnel contains decades of debris, including vintage cars and a discarded fascist monument that had been made for Aurelio Padovani.

Since 2014 the tunnels are open for touristic tours.

SOURCE: Wikipedia, Galleria Borbonica
IMAGES: Vittorio Sciosia

Topic: Catacombs of Naples,Galleria Borbonica, Tunnel Borbonico,Naples,Bourbon Tunnel,underground tunnels,Campania


Italy’s resurgent 5-star movement pushes for referendum on euro

The Historical Archive of Banco of Naples


1 thought on “Underground Tunnels of Galleria Borbonica in Naples”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.