Royal Naples and the Bourbon Tunnel
This intimate, small group tour will begin at 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. Walk to the Royal Palace with 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. The tunnel was commissioned in 1853 by King Ferdinand II as an escape route in case of rebellion; later it allowed for quick movement of troops, sheltered up to 10,000 people from the bombing during WWII, then became a judiciary deposit of cars and motorcyles, some of which remain today.
Throughout the tour you will learn how the Bourbons made Naples Europe's second largest city as well as the modern advancements the inhabitants enjoyed. Naples was the first city to enjoy running water in homes, the first to use separate collection, and the first to administer smallpox vaccinations to its residents.
Reserve your spot on this 4-hour tour today and immerse yourself in the fascinating story of the Bourbons of Naples.