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Duration: 1 hour
You can cancel your tickets for free until 24 hours before your visit and get a full refund.
You can cancel the tickets 24 hours before the experience starts and get a full refund.
One of the most ancient frescos in the Catacombs of San Gaudioso, this dates back to the 5th or 6th century and represents a welcome scene. Its center depicts the figure of the Apostle Peter, introducing the deceased Pascentius to an unknown figure, either Christ or probably St. Paul. Another striking element is the presence of two candlesticks with burning candles placed on either side of the figure, resembling African representations.
The San Gaudioso Catacombs were confirmed as a burial site in the 16th century, after the discovery of the Madonna fresco that had been previously concealed by mud. The Madonna della Sanita dates back to the 5th-6th century and is the oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary in the Campania region. After the revelation of this fresco, the catacombs were entrusted to the Dominicans, who later built the Basilica so as to house them in the building.
During the 17th century, the catacombs housed graves of the nobility, mostly the aristocrats and the clergy. The tombs of these noblemen were created in a unique procedure where the skulls were placed on display in the ambulatory walls, while the rest of the corpse was frescoed. This mostly included clothes and occupational instruments that symbolized the social status of the deceased. Interesting fact; these frescoes were created by an artist, Giovanni Balducci, who refused payment in exchange for securing a place among the aristocrats after his demise.
The Catacombs of San Gaudioso, in Naples, are underground Christian burial chambers, dating back to the 4th or 5th century. The site contains remains of St. Gaudiosus and other members of the nobility.
The Catacombs of San Gaudioso is the second largest in Naples after those of San Gennaro, home to beautiful frescoes and mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries that depict early Christian symbols. In the 1600s, the catacombs became an important burial site for Naples' noble and aristocratic families. During your visit, you can discover several Neapolitan traditions and folklore around the cult of the dead and the afterlife.
You can book the Catacombs of San Gaudioso tour online. This way you can book your preferred slot, plan in advance and eliminate the hassles of buying tickets from the venue in queues.
No, catacombs require an expert guide to help you navigate through the labyrinth of tunnels, ensure your safety and provide you with valuable information about the historical significance of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso.
Yes, you can book guided tours of San Gaudioso Catacombs online and explore the ancient subterranean crypt, under the guidance of an English-Italian-speaking guide.
Booking a combo tour allows you to explore the San Gaudioso Catacombs along with free access to the San Gennaro Catacombs and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanita. It also includes a discounted entrance to the Cloister of Santa Chiara.
A guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso will cost you €11.
The San Gaudioso Catacombs are located in Via Sanità, 123, 80136 Napoli NA, Italy.
Yes, you can visit the Catacombs of San Gaudioso and San Gennaro on a combo tour. Book your tour in advance and ensure you have ample time to explore each catacomb fully.
No, unfortunately, the catacombs have limited accessibility for people with disabilities due to their underground nature and uneven terrain.
Yes, photography is permitted inside the Catacombs of San Gaudioso. However, the use of flash guns is strictly prohibited.
Wear comfortable shoes as the surface is uneven and it’s a long walk inside the tunnels. Dress modestly to respect the sacred nature of San Gaudioso Catacombs, with knees and shoulders appropriately covered.