Explore two incredible catacombs in Naples that are still relatively off the beaten track: San Gaudioso and San Gennaro. You’ll go below and beyond to a time when Christianity was considered a cult, whose members were executed as heretics and buried as martyrs. Your expert English speaking guide will tell you the stories and anecdotes that bring these ruins to life.
Begin your tour in the ancient San Gennaro catacomb, this space was once used as a burial ground for Naples by the first Christian communities nearly 2,000 years ago. The chambers are more spacious than their counterparts in Rome and house hundreds of tombs, from modest singles to extravagant family tombs.
While walking through the humming streets of the Rione Sanità with your expert guide, imagine how one of the most densely populated areas in Naples was once so removed from the city centre to be a place of burial. This area was considered pristine because of the presence of the saints, whose bodies were buried in the catacombs, such as San Gennaro, the beloved patron of the city. You’ll hear stories of devotion, superstition, and theft, as the relics of the saints were so precious that thieves were attracted to these subterranean cities.
From here you will be taken to the church of Santa Maria della Sanità , where you will go underground to the San Gaudioso catacombs. Admire the first Christian representations with their mysterious symbols and the early Byzantine mosaics. See the bizarre tombs of nobles, where skulls where placed on display in the walls and the rest of the body was painted in frescoes, with clothes and details about their status and life.
With your local English-speaking guide, you will explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear their fascinating history. By joining this captivating Naples tour, you support the continuous restoration of the sites, and the local community, that is directly involved in the ambitious project to preserve the history of these unique places.
Yes. Please note that the Crypts and Catacombs are located in small, dark areas, with narrow paths and low ceilings. As the venues are underground there are no windows.
With this tour you will visit the ancient catacombs of San Gennaro and San Gaudioso, and the crypts of S. Maria della Sanità church.
Yes, there is. Entrance into churches require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
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