Tickets for Catacombs of San Gaudioso: Guided Visit

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

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Opening hours
Today:  10:00 - 13:00
Tomorrow:  10:00 - 13:00
Saturday:  10:00 - 13:00
Sunday:  10:00 - 13:00
Monday:  10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday:  10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday:  10:00 - 13:00
Starting time
10:00, 11:00, 12:00 or 13:00
1 hour
  • 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

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
  • 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!
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
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

Jun 15, 2019
Shorter than expected. Nice and cool, on a hot day! Guide had excellent English. Very interesting.
Nov 6, 2018
Great Guide!, personaly intereated in place and to explain turists about it - real volontier!. Unic way of burial.
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.
Jul 14, 2019
Muy personalizada
Jun 5, 2019
Sito interessante ottimamente illustrato negli aspetti storici e architettonici. Brava la volontaria de La Paranza la cooperativa motivatissima e attiva nella riqualificazione del Rione Sanità
Aug 23, 2018
Une très bonne surprise. Le seul hic est la taille des groupes qui se bousculent dans un espace restreint avec des guides qui parlent fort ou moins, la nôtre, francophone, avait une voix portant peu par rapport à sa collègue qui faisait le tour en italien plus ou moins en même temps donc je n'entendais pas grand chose des explications. Le lieu lui-même est très intéressant, et pour les explications, soit vous lisez avant, soit après, pour remplir les blancs d'un guidage qui aurait pu être très bien si on avait eu des audio pour entendre notre jeune guide.
Aug 22, 2018
Leuke toer, met passie verteld door de gids. Ten voordele van de opwaardering van één van de armste wijken in Napels, de Sanitá wijk. Mooi initiatief!
Aug 19, 2018
Sin duda, ir.
Aug 16, 2018
As catacumbas não são muito grandes, mas são cheias de história. A guia fez um excelente trabalho, foi muito simpática e envolvia-nos nas histórias das diferentes pessoas que ali foram sepultadas.
Estão ossos e crânios ainda fixados nas paredes das catacumbas.
Uma experiência única. Recomendo!

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