Private Royal Naples and the Bourbon Tunnel
Start in the Piazza del Plebiscito, home to the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola and the Teatro San Carlo. In the middle of this large public square, you will also find a statue of Ferdinand IV and his father Carlo, on horseback. Ferdinand IV was one of the members of the Bourbons, the last dynasty to rule Naples.
Under Bourbon rule, the city flourished and was the first to enjoy many modern-day amenities such as running water in the houses and separate collection. The residents were also the first to receive smallpox vaccinations. Over at the Royal Palace, you will marvel at its precious marbles and entrance staircase that has been described as the most beautiful staircase in the world.
Continue to the Bourbon Tunnel, an underground tunnel connecting the palace and the military barracks, that was an engineering marvel at the time. Commissioned in 1853 by King Ferdinand II as an escape route in case of rebellion, the tunnel later allowed for quick movement of troops, became a bomb shelter for thousands of people during WWII, and today houses old cars and vintage motorcycles from its time as a judiciary deposit. While on tour you will also walk on the Lungomare Caracciolo, a bayside boulevard with numerous hotels, cafes, and pizzerias.
This private tour is perfect for history buffs and those who are short on time yet want to see a vital part of Napoleon history, book today.