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Catacombs of San Gennaro Skip-The-Line Entrance Ticket

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    The Catacombs of San Gennaro are arranged on two levels that are not superimposed, and both characterised by much larger spaces than the more famous Roman catacombs. This is due to the work-ability and strength of the tuff.

    The original nucleus of the Catacombs of San Gennaro dates back to the 2nd century AD. It was probably the tomb of a noble family, who then provided spaces for the Christian community.

    The expansion began in the 4th century AD following the deposition of the remains of St. Agrippinus, the first patron of Naples, to the underground basilica dedicated to him. It consists of a single nave dug out of the tuff, which still preserves a bishop's chair carved into the rock and the altar with an opening, in which the faithful could see and touch the saint's tomb. The lower catacomb, a dense grid carved into the tuff stone

    The lower catacomb extends around the Basilica of Sant'Agrippino, following a reticulated structure. The vast spaces and the regularity of its shapes silently welcome visitors into a timeless place.

    The imposing lower vestibule, with ceilings measuring up to 6 metres high, houses a large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in the eighth century during iconoclastic struggles.

    The upper catacomb originates from an ancient tomb, dating from the third century AD, which preserves some of the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy. Its expansion began with the moving of San Gennaro's remains in the fifth century. The presence of the martyr turned the upper catacomb into a pilgrimage site and coveted place for burial.

    Two examples of the expansion of the Catacomb are the Crypt of the Bishops, where the city's bishops are buried, and the majestic basilica adjecta, an underground basilica with three naves, built after the transfer of San Gennaro's remains.

    The main entrance and ticket office of the Catacombs of Naples are next the Madre del Buon Consiglio Basilica, Via Capodimonte 13: the tour begins with the Catacombs of San Gennaro.

    Visits of the catacombs last one hour, and there is a departure almost every hour: Monday to Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sunday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. There is no need to pre-book your departure time, but please allow sufficient time to arrive for timely start of each visit. 

    Practical tips:

    Your visit to the Catacombs is best enjoyed with comfortable shoes and a sweater (even in warmer periods): the temperature in the site varies from between 15 and 22° C.
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    Departure Point
    Main entrance and ticket office of the San Gennaro Catacombs at the Madre del Buon Consiglio Basilica on Via Capodimonte 13, Naples
    Duration
    1h
    Return Details
    Concludes by the catacombs
    Inclusions
    • Local taxes
    • Professional art-historian guide
    • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di San Gennaro
    • Entry/Admission - Catacombe di San Gaudioso
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible; if assistance is required, make a note in the 'Special Requirements' box when you book
    • The disabled access entrance is located in Vicoletto San Gennaro dei Poveri 22, by San Gennaro Hospital
    • Embossed plaques are available for the blind or partially sighted
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    One of the most incredible places in Napoli. Many steps to go down,not suitable for disabled people.

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We spotted the tombs on the hop on off sightseeing bus. So we just decided to go on a whim, our tour guide was great she told us she had already spoken up to 3 languages by the time she got to our tour. So...More

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