Translated Jeff Matthews
We enter the parking structure, obviously underground. Then down at the other end, passing through a gallery dug into the tuff rock and replete with mulitcolored glass panes, we are at the gate beyond which you breathe the atmosphere of a different age. We are in the tunnel, a gallery really, the Bourbon Gallery.
This bit of military construction from the 1800s was put to various uses in the course of the 20th century, as well. What stands out is the large storage area containing old cars and motorcycles all covered in a fine layer of dust. Further on, you walk downhill a bit and enter into the heart of a cistern almost completely cleared of debris.
This underground environment has been cleaned up by volunteers over the last few years. They uncovered fragments of a large statue, but I'll tell you of that in the next installment.
Until then, have a look at these photos that tell their own stories about what lies beneath the surface of Naples.
For guided tours:
Galleria Borbonica: 081.7645808 - 366.2484151
Gianluca Padovan (Ass.ne S.C.A.M. – F.N.C.A.)
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There is additional information in English about the Bourbon Tunnel at Naples: Life, Death & Miracles at this link:
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