Guided tour

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Activity provider: Catacombe di Napoli
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Discover what lies below Naples with a tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro. Learn about the bond of faith between the city and its patron saint.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel back in time and explore the most important catacombs of southern Italy
  • See grand underground basilicas and valuable frescos more than 1,000 years old
  • Journey through more than 2,000 years of art and faith
  • Support a project for the redevelopment of the beautiful Rione Sanità district
Full description

Travel back in time and explore the Catacombs of San Gennaro to learn more about the patron saint of Naples. Discover what lies beneath street level as you see stunning frescoes and Byzantine paintings from the 9th to the 10th century AD.

Explore the history of the paleo-Christian burial site with an English or Italian-speaking guide. Get explanations about the 4th-century expansion following the transfer of the remains of St. Agrippinus to the underground basilica dedicated to him.

See the large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the catacombs in the 8th century during iconoclastic struggles.

Get a closer look at the details of the upper catacomb, decorated at the beginning of the 3rd century in the so-called Pompeian style, and now home to some of the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy.

Be amazed by the precious Crypt of the Bishops and its 5th-century mosaics, including one depicting the Bishop of Carthage, St. Quodvultdeus.

Includes
  • Guided tour of the Catacombs and Basilica of San Gennaro
  • Entrance to the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Sanità, valid for 12 months
  • Discounted entrance to the Cloister of Santa Chiara
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meet at reception at the Catacombs of San Gennaro, Via Capodimonte, 13, 80136 Naples.

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    • The ticket office opens at 9:30 AM
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    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 1198 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5

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    Pretty incredible experience. The catacombs were fascinating and the tour itself was very informative. You get to learn about the catacombs themselves but also some local history. The tour my friends and I took was around 45 minutes. You get time to look around along with the planned tour stops. Pictures were allowed as long as the flash was off. Would highly reccomend the tour!

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    May 11, 2022

    This was so much better than expected. The guide was so informative and presented the tour with enthusiasm. The trip underground was fascinating, the history of the burial site equally so. It was amazing to see how a whole community was carved out of lava rock. Question were answered well and there was plenty to see. Price reasonable to. At the end of the tour we found out we could have a free tour of the catacombes of san Gaudisio below a nearby church as well with the ticket. Unfortunately we had no time as it seems to be an even longer tour. Maybe next time. It was interesting to see a different area of naples anyway which was about half an hour from the main tourist route of via toledo. I wish I had time to explore around there longer. From what we were told this really was a community project bringing money and jobs into a poor area of Naples.

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    May 6, 2022

    The catacombs are amazing! And given the fact that they started to work on arranging them back in 2008 with only 4 people is even more admirable. The English tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions. It shows he is very passionate about his work. You have to take this tour!

    April 28, 2022

    Product ID: 113923