Guided tour

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Activity provider: Catacombe di Napoli

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Activity provider: Catacombe di Napoli

From US$ 10.78 per person

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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English, Italian

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
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 1702 reviews

    Review summary

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

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    This was an excellent, informative tour that was well worth the price and the time. Eduardo was a great guide. So much knowledge and information, and a nice sense of humor. It was hard to believe the history and the vast expanse of tombs and churches that is right there below the city! I’m so glad we didn’t miss this tour or we never would have known what is below our feet. A highlight of our trip to Naples.

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    October 1, 2022

    Really interesting to see. Much better than Rome Catacombs. No skeletons and huge space. Unfortunately our guide , an Italian, spoke English with a heavy Italian accent and at speed so we only got about 10% of what she said so we missed loads of detail. I asked some questions which she didn’t understand. Presumably had learned her talk parrot fashion

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    September 19, 2022

    Evocative and unique place of its kind, very well organized. Guides prepared and available. Beautiful to go out directly in the health district and turn to Naples. Rebecca (our very young guide) was a well-prepared, competent and nice guide, she moved me talking about her experience with the cooperative “la pranza” which deals with the management of the catacombs. Experience highly recommended

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    August 24, 2022

    Product ID: 113923