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Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro

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Availability: Everyday
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English, Italian
Mobile voucher accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Discover one of the most fascinating attractions in Naples
  • Travel back in time and discover the most important catacombs in southern Italy
  • Descend into the heart of Capodimonte Hill and admire the frescoes and mosaics on the first Christians tombs
  • Take part in the recovery and promotion of a whole area of Naples
What to expect

The Catacombs of San Gennaro are located on two non-overlapping levels, both characterized by extremely large spaces (6,000 square meters in all), unlike the most famous Roman catacombs. This is thanks to the workability and strength of the Neapolitan yellow turf.

The artistic heritage preserved in the catacombs spans from pagan elements of the II century AD to Byzantine paintings of the IX-X century AD. The original nucleus of the Catacombs of San Gennaro dates back to the II century AD. It probably refers to the tomb of a noble family who then donated the space to the Christian community.

The expansion began in the IV century AD, following the deposition of the remains of St. Agrippinus, first patron saint of Naples, in the underground basilica dedicated to him. Wide spaces and regular shapes silently greet the visitor in a timeless place. The imposing lower vestibule, with ceilings up to 6 meters high, houses a large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who in the eighth century took refuge in the Catacombs of San Gennaro during the iconoclastic crisis. One of the most impressive areas is the vestibule of the upper catacomb; it was decorated at the beginning of the third century in the so-called Pompeian style and holds the first Christian paintings of southern Italy.

Perhaps the most valuable area is the Crypt of the Bishops, which houses precious mosaics of the fifth century, including one representing San Quodvultdeus, bishop of Carthage.

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What's included
  • Guided tour of the Catacombs and Basilica di San Gennaro (duration: 1 hour)
  • With the same ticket you can also visit for free the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and the Basilica of St. Mary of Health
  • Discount for entry to the cloister of Santa Chiara
Reduced price
  • Reduced entry fee: kids (6-18), students with university ID and people over 65
  • Free entry: Children (0-5)
Where

Via Capodimonte, 6, 80136 Napoli NA, Italy

Meeting point:

Entrance next to the Buon Consiglio Basilica

What to remember
  • We remind you that the ticket office will open at 9:30 am
  • The guided tour to the Catacombs is available both in English and Italian
  • The entrance visitors in wheelchairs is in Vicoletto S. Gennaro dei Poveri, 22 (open only by appointment)
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When
  • From Monday to Saturday, every hour, from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entrance at 17:00)
  • On Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 (last entrance at 14:00)
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Provider
LaParanza
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Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 2 days before the activity begins.
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