Retrace the royal past of Naples and learn more about the rapid development and growth that the city experienced during the Bourbon reign.
Among all the great European dynasties that reigned over Naples during the centuries, the Bourbons have been the rulers who allowed the city to reach its maximum glory. As a matter of fact, in Plebiscite’s Square, while the statues of the other monarchs are located on the facade of the royal palace, Ferdinando IV and his father Carlo are proudly represented on horseback in the very 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.
Your tour begins 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. Then, you will continue visiting the Bourbon Tunnel, a gigantic underground passage built to allow the rapid movement of the king's troops; it was then used as a shelter for about ten thousand people during World War II bombings and finally turned into a judicial deposit until the '70s, as evidenced by the many cars and vintage motorcycles you will see there.