Guided tour through the catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

Guided tour through the catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

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

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

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  • Language: English, Italian
  • Participants: 1 - 250
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Your experience

Highlights

  • Discover the thousand years of history below the bustling Sanità district of Naples
  • See the last resting place of the bishop St. Gaudiosus, as well as many noble families and important Christian personalities
  • Enjoy one of the world's scariest art collections with frescoes that contain the real skulls and bones of the deceased in honor of them

Description

Just below the busy Sanità district lies thousands of years of Neapolitan history. Originally, the remains of the Tunisian bishop St. Gaudiosus were housed here, but these sacred tombs were enlarged over the centuries to make room 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 of which date back to Greco-Roman times. Originally a necropolis, it was later used as an early Christian cemetery before being abandoned due to continuous mudslides.

Over 1000 years later, the crypt was modernised and used as a mass burial place for the victims of the 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 frescos by the famous painter Giovanni Balducci. The ghostly portraits that decorate the tombs actually contain the skull and bones of the deceased. The catacombs are also guarded by a reconstructed skeleton built from the bones of several corpses.

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

Please note

Additional information

Children under 6 years and people with disabilities have free entry!

With this ticket you also get free entrance to the Catacombs of San Gennaro and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità and reduced entrance to the Monastery of Santa Chiara (within 12 months).

You will receive a second confirmation from us by email as soon as the booking is binding (within 1-2 working days). The second email contains your ticket which does not have to be printed out but can be shown on your smartphone or tablet.

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 entrance to the Catacombs of San Gennaro and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità and discounted entrance to the Monastery of Santa Chiara within 12 months

Meeting point

Catacombs of San Gaudioso, Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità, Piazza Sanità 14, 80136, Naples.

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A cancellation or modification of the product is no longer possible after the booking has been made.

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