Naples has been, over the centuries, a land of conquest for the great European dynasties but the rulers who allowed Naples to reach its maximum splendor were, without any doubt, the Bourbons. This tour runs through some of the places in which such splendor resounds today: Plebiscite’s Square, where the Royal Palace is located and the Bourbon tunnel, built to allow the rapid movement of the king's troops.
Naples has been, over the centuries, a land of conquest for the great European dynasties but the rulers who allowed it to reach its maximum glory were, without any doubt, the Bourbons.It’s not a casuality, in Plebiscite’s Square, while the statues of the other monarchs are situated on the facade of the royal palace, Ferdinando IV and his father Carlo are proud, on horseback, in the middle of the square. In little more than a century of Kingdom, the Bourbons have made Naples the second most populous city in Europe and have made it worthy to boast for the many records obtained: Naples was the first city to have running water in the houses, the first to do the separate collection, the first to introduce free vaccination against smallpox for its inhabitants, and much more that you can discover only by tracing the footprints that the Kings have left in the city.Our tour starts from the majestic Royal Palace, built with precious marbles and inside, the entrance staircase has been defined by Montesquieu, the most beautiful staircase in the world.The tour continues with the visit of the Bourbon Tunnel, built to allow the rapid movement of the king's troops, a gigantic place, although underground, then used as a shelter for about ten thousand people during the bombings of the Second World War and finally, as evidenced by the many cars and vintage motorcycles, find new use as a judicial deposit until the '70s. This is the story of Naples, a ductile city, always ready to invent and reinvent itself to discover a new life.