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The Catacombs of Naples are ancient underground areas dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD and are still considered to be a symbol of Neapolitan Christian religiosity. These were originally used as a burial place and became a pilgrimage destination until the ninth century AD. There are three different catacombs that make up the Catacombs of Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro, San Gaudioso and San Severo.

The Catacombs of San Gennaro are considered to be the largest in southern Italy and are located below one of the most characteristic districts of Naples: Rione Sanità. It covers around 61,000 sq. feet on two levels and hosts the over 2,000 tombs. Included of these is the patron saint of Naples, "San Gennaro", who was laid to rest in this catacomb in the 5th century.

The upper level of the Catacombs of San Gennaro is designed with frescoes that tell a story dating over 1,000 years and hosts the Bishops' Crypt, where Naples' first bishops are buried. The lower catacombs were used as a place for prayer around the Basilica of Sant'Agrippino and are still used today to hold mass.

Other underground Catacombs in Naples are those of San Gaudioso and San Severo. San Severo was originally a type of memorial to the Bishop Severo while San Gaudioso is characterised by walls bearing skulls of the deceased. San Gaudioso is located under the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità and conserves valuable mosaics and frescoes from the 5th and 6th centuries that feature many symbols used in the early Christian era. The only remains of the original San Severo catacombs are a small room that is closed to the public.

Abandoned and forgotten over the centuries, the catacombs are a popular destination for tourists today, especially San Gennaro. Learn more about the history of Naples and its catacombs through a guided tour today!

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Catacombs Of San Gennaro
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Catacombs Of San Gennaro

A millennial history that lives below the ground in Naples, a journey to discover the close bond of faith between the city and its patron saint, San Gennaro. The Catacombs of San Gennaro are arrange on two levels that are not superimposed, both characterised by much larger spaces than the more famous Roman catacombs. This is due to the workability and strength of the tuff. The artistic heritage of the Catacombs ranges from pre-existing pagan items from the 2nd century AD to Byzantine paintings of the 9th-10th century AD. The original nucleus of the Catacombs of San Gennaro dates back to the 2nd century AD. It was probably the tomb of a noble family, who then provided spaces for the Christian community. The expansion began in the 4th century AD following the deposition of the remains of St. Agrippinus, the first patron of Naples, to the underground basilica dedicated to him. The imposing lower vestibule, with ceilings measuring up to 6 metres high, houses a largebaptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in the eighth century during iconoclastic struggles. One of the most striking areas is the vestibule of the upper catacomb, which was decorated at the beginning of the 3rd century in the so-called Pompeian style and conserves the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy. Perhaps the most precious place is the Crypt of the Bishops, which preserves valuable 5th-century mosaics, including one portraying the bishop of Carthage, St. Quodvultdeus.

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Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso
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Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso

Visit the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and discover the second oldest cemetery in Naples, located under the imposing Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità.

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Naples audio guide with TravelMate app

Explore Naples at your leisure with this TravelMate app on your mobile device. Don't miss anything and learn interesting facts about the city.

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What better way to explore Naples than aboard a comfortable minibus? Book your adventure now and discover the beauty of this history-rich city.

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Reviews Catacombs of Naples

Pietro, 06 Aug 2022

“Davvero tutto positivo!”

Paola, 21 Jul 2022

“Guida giovane e preparata. Bravi i ragazzi della cooperativa”

Silvia, 19 Jul 2022
Luisa, 13 Jul 2022

“Die Geschichte hinter dem ganzen ist sehr interessant und verblüffend. Dachte es ist dort wie in den Katakomben von Paris, wo überall Gebeine gestapelt sind. Das ist fast nicht der Fall. Der Guide ist super nett aber durch die Maske ist es bisschen unverständlich. Würde die Tour aber wieder machen.”

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