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The Galleria Borbonica – or Bourbon Tunnel – is an unfinished underground passageway commissioned by King Ferdinand II and carved back in the 19th century as an escape route that would link the Royal Palace of Naples to military barracks in Via della Pace (now Via Morelli). Though the tunnel was never finished, it was used in World War II as an air raid shelter and military hospital. Along your tour of the tunnel, you'll spot debris and period relics, including vintage cars. 

According to recent visitors, the passionate (English-speaking) tour guides make a visit to the Bourbon Tunnel extraordinary. Reviewers say that although the entrances are narrow and may leave some feeling slightly claustrophobic, the tunnel widens inside. 

You can reach the Bourbon tunnel three ways: via Piazza del Plebiscito at Vico del Grottone No. 4, from Piazza Vittoria at the Parcheggio Morelli parking lots or by Palazzo Serra di Cassano at Monte di Dio. You can take a standard guided tour for 10 euros (or about $11) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The tours take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. For special tours, such as the Speleo or Adventure tours (which allow you to explore the tunnel's cisterns via zip line and raft), you'll need to make reservations by emailing ahead of time. For more information, visit the Galleria Borbonica's website.

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#7 Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Two of the area's most iconic locales – Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii – can be found roughly 15 miles away from central Naples. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano left ... Read more » Jose Pimenta / EyeEm / Getty Images

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The thoroughfare that sits alongside the Gulf of Naples (known as the Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli) is a scenic way to stretch your legs. Gina Pricope / Getty Images

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