Guided Tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

Guided Tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

Explore an ancient underground crypt, decorated with dark works of art that will make you shudder.

Explore an ancient underground crypt, decorated with dark works of art that will make you shudder.

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Details

  • Language: Englisch, Italienisch
  • Participants: 1 - 250
  • Instant confirmation
  • public (with other participants)
  • mobile voucher is accepted
    Show your booking confirmation or voucher on your mobile phone or tablet. Alternatively, you can almost always also present your booking confirmation or voucher in paper form. You will receive further information in the booking confirmation.

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Your experience

Highlights

  • Discover the thousand year old history below the busy district of Sanità in Naples
  • See the final resting place of Bishop St. Gaudiosus, as well as many noble families and important Christian personalities
  • Enjoy one of the creepiest art collections in the world with frescoes containing real skulls and bones in honour of the deceased

Description

Just below the busy district of Sanità lie thousands of years of Neapolitan history. Originally, the remains of the Tunisian bishop St. Gaudiosus were housed here, but these sacred tombs were extended over the centuries to create space for nobles and high-ranking Christian personalities. Now you can visit this eerie crypt and travel back to the early days of Naples.

The Gaudioso catacombs were built in many stages, the earliest dating back to the Greek-Roman period. Originally a necropolis, it was later used as an early Christian cemetery before it was closed due to persistent mudslides.

More than 1000 years later, the crypt was modernized and used as a mass burial site for the victims of plague and cholera epidemics. If this sounds macabre to you, you should wait until you see the decoration of this place!

The walls and ceilings are decorated with detailed frescoes by the famous painter Giovanni Balducci. The ghostly portraits that adorn the graves actually contain the skull and bones of the deceased. Also, the catacombs are guarded by a reconstructed skeleton built from the bones of several corpses.

If you like stories a little creepier, there are many secrets for you to discover on this fascinating journey through the past.

Please note

Additional information

Exchange your smartphone voucher at the cash desk of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità for a paper ticket.
Please make sure to arrive on time for your chosen time slot so that you don't miss your tour!
Children under 6 years and people with disabilities have free entry.
This ticket also gives you free entry to the Catacombs of San Gennaro and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità and reduced entry to the Convent of Santa Chiara (within 12 months).

Opening hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00

Included in the price

  • One-hour guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso in English or Italian
  • Free entry to the Catacombs of San Gennaro and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità and discounted entry to the Convent of Santa Chiara within 12 months

Meeting point

Catacombe di San Gaudioso. Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità, Piazza Sanità 14, 80136, Naples.

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