Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso
Excursions & day trips

Tickets and guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the second oldest cemetery in Naples, preserved under the imposing Basilica of S. Maria della Sanità
  • Admire a unique, peculiar and fascinating place
  • Walk the underground paths surrounded by 17th-century tombs of noble Neapolitans
  • Take part in the recovery and promotion of a whole area of Naples
What to expect

Under the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità (St. Mary of Health), at the heart of the district, lies what was the second most important early Christian cemetery in the city of Naples.

The Catacombs were expanded following the burial of the North African bishop, deposed here between 451 and 453AD. The San Gaudioso Catacomb is the second largest in Naples, and inside, early Christian elements of the 17th century coexist. On one hand, the intensity of the early Christian elements, such as the tomb of San Gaudioso, frescoes and mosaics of the 5th and 6th centuries; on the other, special burials reserved for nobles, dating back to the 17th century, when the catacombs resumed their function of sepulchral site.

The San Gaudioso Catacomb keeps valuable frescoes and mosaics from the fifth and sixth centuries in which many symbols can be found, mostly from the early Christian age, such as the fish, the lamb and the vine with tendrils.

In the 17th century, the site mostly housed burial sites reserved for the aristocracy and the clergy. The burials of nobles and members of the clergy were made according to a special process. The skulls were affixed on view in the corridor walls, while the rest of the body was painted, usually with clothes and tools of the trade that represented the social status of the deceased.

The frescoes were painted by Giovanni Balducci, an artist who gave up his compensation in exchange for the right of being buried among the aristocrats in the Catacombs of San Gaudioso.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Guided visit of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità (duration: 1 hour)
    • With the same ticket you may also visit for free the Catacombs and the Basilica of San Gennaro
    • Discounted entry to the cloister of Santa Chiara
    Where

    Piazza Sanità 14, 80136 Napoli NA, Italia

    Meeting point:
    The ticket office and the entrance to the Catacombs are both located inside the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità.
    Provider
    LaParanza
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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