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Tickets for Catacombs of San Gaudioso: Guided Visit

Explore an ancient subterranean crypt, adorned with extra-creepy artwork

Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.
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Overview
Starting time
10:00, 11:00, 12:00 or 13:00
Duration
1 hour
Highlights
  • Discover thousands of years of history just below Naples's busy Sanità district
  • See the final resting place of bishop Saint Gaudiosus, as well as many noble families and important Christian figures
  • Enjoy one of the world's creepiest collections of art, with frescoes that incorporate real skulls and bones to honor the dead
Description

Just below the bustling Sanità district lie thousands of years of Neapolitan history! Originally housing the remains of the Tunisian bishop Saint Gaudiosus, these sacred tombs were expanded to make room for nobles and high-ranking Christian figures over the centuries. Now you can discover this perfectly eerie crypt and travel back to the early days of Naples.

The Gaudioso Catacombs were built in many stages, with the earliest dating back to Greco-Roman times. Originally a necropolis, it was later used as an early Christian cemetery, before it was abandoned due to persistent mudslides.

Over 1000 years later, the crypt was modernized and used as a mass gravesite for victims of the plague and cholera epidemics. If you think that sounds macabre, just wait until you see how it's decorated!

The walls and ceilings are covered with detailed frescoes by famed painter Giovanni Balducci. The ghostly portraits which decorate the tombs actually incorporate skulls and bones of the deceased, with a reconstructed skeleton (from multiple corpses) guarding the catacombs.

If you like your history a little on the creepy side, there's plenty of secrets to discover in this fascinating journey through the ages.

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What's included
  • 1-hour guided visit of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso in English or Italian
Instructions
  • Redeem your smartphone voucher at the ticket office of Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità for a paper ticket
  • Please make sure to be on time for your selected timeslot so you don't miss your tour!
Cancellation

Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.

Venue
Address
Catacombe di San Gaudioso
14,Piazza Sanità, 80136, Naples
Key info
Live guide
English and Italian
Additional info

Getting There

Bus: Lines C51 or C52 to Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità

Reviews
Jul 14, 2018
The tour is very well done and very interesting. Recommend this to anyone in Naples. It’s run by a small group of friends so it’s good to support them as well!
Jul 1, 2018
Very professional guide. Catacombs are bigger area that we excpected, lot of interesting details about history.
Jun 17, 2018
Visite intéressante qui nous fait découvrir Naples autrement, son histoire passée beaucoup de sites ne sont pas ouvert au visiteurs faute de moyens...Les Napolitains sont des gens très accueillants et là nouvelle génération veut faire ressortir les points positifs de leur ville......
May 29, 2018
Bellissima esperienza ottima guida.
Apr 9, 2018
assolutamente da vedere, una visita guidata con una guida eccellente, un quartiere pieno di cose da vedere ma bello anche solo per una passeggiata o per mangiare, lo consiglierò a tutti
Jan 6, 2018
Luogo intrigante e sorprendente.
Le guide sono ragazzi preparati ed entusiasti
che stanno portando avanti un progetto sociale e culturale molto interessante.
Dec 30, 2017
Senz'altro consiglio a tutti chi piace scoprire la storia dei sotterranei di Napoli. Catacombe di San Gaudioso lasciano forti impressioni e soddisfazione nella conoscenza di piccola parte della storia di questo paese.

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