Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro
Excursions & day trips

Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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 of the first Christians tombs
  • Take part in the recovery and enhancement project 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 2nd century AD to Byzantine paintings of the 4th and 5th centuries AD. The original nucleus of the Catacombs of San Gennaro dates back to the 2nd 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 4th 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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • 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
    • Seniors (age 65+)
    • Students with a valid university ID
    • Children (age 6-17)
    • Infants (age 0-5): free of charge
    Where

    Via Capodimonte, 6, 80136 Naples NA, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Entrance next to the Buon Consiglio Basilica.

    What to remember
    • Unfortunately, entry for people with motor disabilities is temporarily unavailable
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    LaParanza
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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