Catacombe di San Gennaro
Catacombe di San Gennaro
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Around the origin of our Catacombs much has been discussed, they were simpleburial and never were quarries or underground ways; the first note of the monumentis repeated since the death of St. Agrippino our bishop in the II century, when hisbody was buried there in a noble tomb. Many miracles the saint operated by thetomb, so it became a place of reverence and neapolitan wished to be buried in thatplace.
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  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and cool experience
    Very cool experience. There is no option to visit these on your own and visits must be done with a guide. They only have groups in Italian and English so hopefully that works out for you. It is a must to book on-line ahead of time, especially since the languages and groups are limited. We recently toured the catacombs in Paris and these are nothing like that at all. Basically, they are cut out of caves on the hillside of what used to be far out of town and now is a lively area on Napoli. Since the caves date back nearly 2,000 years, there is a lot of history to tell. And what a lively and interesting history it is, with so many different periods that greatly affected the site. If you’re looking to see the bones like you do in several other catacombs, then this isn’t for you. They were removed some time ago and when you tour you can hear the story of why. The locals are particularly irritable with the group of people that forced their removal some time ago. The construction is fascinating and so is the stories that go along with the history. Definitely a recommended stop while in Napoli. For those without a car, you can take the metro up to the National Archeological Museum and then hop a bus from in front up to the site. Make sure to download the app and buy tickets in advance, as they do not sell tickets on the buses here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Anton K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating historical experience
    Was a very interesting historical experience! The guides, all of whom were part of an organisation focused on revitalising the neighbourhood surrounding the catacombs, were clearly very passionate about the history of the catacombs, and made the guided tour, something which can feel constrained and boring in other situations, quite exciting. If I came back to Naples with somebody else or was giving recommendations, this would definitely be in the itinerary again. Also appreciated how one ticket gave me access to two catacombs, each with their own guided tour which you can sign up for on the spot. The catacombs themselves were cool, comfortable and nicely lit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Wanderer818675
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    A just the right length tour of these Catacombs. Really enthusiastic guide, genuinely interesting tour and some memorable sights. Nice and cool down there which was a bonus in July. Ticket automatically allows you a visit to the nearby San Gaudioso catacombs too so it's a great deal.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • BacktoRome
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable tour
    Excellent tour led by Eduardo. The catacombs offer may examples of beautiful frescos and mosaics. Well-lit, they offer an excellent opportunity to really see the beauty of this ancient art.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Adam and Becki
    Lynnwood, Washington193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and Cool
    This tour was informative, historical (guide said he was a history teacher) and a great way to get out of the heat in Naples. The tour takes about an hour and you learn a lot about the time period these were created and some of whom were at one time buried there. The information about how the tourism brought in by the tours has shaped the neighborhood for the better was really important to hear as well. The only thing that tourists may want to know is that even though the ticket allows you to visit another catacomb (about 15 minutes away walking), you have to do this one first. We tried going to the other first, and we were told that information. There was no information about the order in emails or on the website. It’s something I wish we knew because we would have planned our day differently. Otherwise, it was good.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Calum T
    Airdrie, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catacombs
    Pick out of blue day before cruise arrived at port. Went with tui the guide was excellent very informative walked for port to catacombs stopping off a couple of times to drink and see some more sight. Once there we were meet by another guide of the catacombs who was also very informative all in all a great day
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jude Ritchie
    Bristol, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting fascinating catacombs
    Really interesting visit to catacombs. Guide spoke good English and knew a lot about the history of the place. Fascinating. Also, at the end we learned about the positive impact of this trip on the area we were visiting. Ticket here, gives you free entry to another catacombs down the road which is very different and also worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Fairycakes
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Fantastic place, although a little hard to fine. Napoleon built a bridge right over the neighbourhood and it was forgotten about as everyone just went over the bridge so turn off the main road and go steeply downhill and its at the bottom. The bridge cuts through the old cloisters of the church. The tour was very interesting and the underground part wasn't claustrophobic as the space down there is quite large. My kids are 7 and 9 and found it really interesting and weren't scared. There aren't any skeletons down there, they have all been removed. The church itself is beautiful, so light and airy ans incredible alter. This is run as a social enterprise giving back to the local community. Tickets give you entrance into the other catacombs as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • TKazz
    Aalborg, Denmark558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting tour and excellent tour guide
    First of all, it was a very historically interesting tour, the catacombs were well preserved. But best part of it was the tour guide Emmanuel, who was very inspirational guide, and very knowledgeable about the history of the various areas. Also the final story of the change of the neighborhood for last 20 years was a huge impact to us.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Nast
    Crnomelj, Slovenia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excelent tour, worth a visit
    Catacombs were the best experience in Neaples. Very interesting tour. Young people working there are very friendly and take good care of the place. Guide spoke very good English, knew a lot of the place. It is only posible to go there with a guide, which is great. With the ticket you can enter the other catacombs di san Gaudioso, for free, it is also a must see. It is fascinating how those young people started with a project, showed the world such important history and helped their neighbourhood. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
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Ana Tomás
Ericeira, Portugal11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The catacombs themselves were very cool and interesting, but unfortunately I couldn't understand the guide very well (male, I don't think he gave us his name). His English was not very clear... he also didn't seem too eager to answer any questions. The guide can really make or break this type of attraction!
Written 19 May 2024
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Citizenofworld
Chester, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Fascinating insight into a part of the massive underground Naples. The sheer scale is amazing and it's a really interesting tour.

I had some queries due to having disabilities and of all the places I emailed they were the only ones who even bothered to respond to me and they were hugely helpful.

Antonio was so kind and helpful. I can't praise him enough. All the staff - not sure if they are employees or volunteers - were really nice. It's very clear the guides were really passionate about their project and so they should be. If not for these wonderful people this incredible part of history may have been missed.
Written 12 May 2024
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keith r
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
When booking this tour we were unaware that disabled visitors, like myself needed to use a different entrance which was a car short journey away. We were upset as we had no car so would need to get a taxi.

The main entrance has 100 steps, a detail we missed on the website because it's classified as accessible.

My husband initially spoke to a female staff member who eventually came to where I was seated in my wheelchair. I was furious that despite my presence the staff member continued to address my husband as though I wasn't there. I told her it was rude and she said she was talking to him because she had started the conversation with my husband. I informed her in no uncertain terms that this approach was considered ignorant and inappropriate by the disabled community and she needs to educate herself. Horrifyingly, her response was that I was rude and ignorant and that she understood disabled issues because the company has a blind staff member! Literally the disability equivalent of "I have a Black friend" (the misguided and insulting assumption that issues experienced by a minority can be understood simply by knowing one person from that group). I was livid. The boss of the company had little to English and the obnoxious staff member offered to translate. My husband declined as we couldn't trust she would provide an accurate translation to which she laughed! I screamed at her to leave.

Thankfully, other staff were kind, and drove us to the other entrance and also apologised for the rude staff member behavior. I'm disabled my whole life and have never felt so annoyed and upset.

The obnoxious staff member in question did not give her name but had a black baseball cap, long brown hair, brown eyes and an American accent. If you're disabled please avoid her. My tour was ruined because of her.
Written 28 April 2024
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Dear Keith, For us, critics are always opportunities to grow and improve but in your case, your fierce feedback towards one of our staff members is first of all undeserved and then also inappropriate. The Catacombs of San Gennaro are one of the few archaeological sites in the world accessible for visitors with disabilities. On our website in the section "Plan your visit" - "Catacombs of San Gennaro", it is clearly written that the site is fully accessible to all and it is also clearly written that - quote - "The access for the disabled motors is temporarily forbidden because of the extraordinary maintenance of the tufa ridge adjacent to the dedicated entrance, that is in Vicoletto S. Gennaro dei Poveri, 22". So, you are right to say that the Catacombs of San Gennaro are classified as accessible. But you have read superficially our communications before reaching the site, it may happen but you cannot blame us. The welcome and hospitality that we reserve for the many visitors is a fundamental value for us. We can assure you that our colleague had no intention of ignoring or offending you, she was simply trying to explain to your husband, with whom she had begun to communicate, that the entry suitable for people with disabilities was not the one where you were and that, in any case, was prohibited. Even when we face difficulties, we do it with cordiality and with a smile, unfortunately you misunderstood this. We tried to explain it to you in a calm and kind way but you wouldn’t listen to us, you started screaming, it was mortifying even though we were trying to help you. Since we reopened the Catacombs of Naples in 2009, we have been concerned to make these archaeological sites available, inclusive and accessible to all. We have always collaborated with associations and universities to build and offer visitors with disabilities, blind, visually impaired or deaf visitors the best possible experience (dedicated access, wheelchair ramps, tacticle routes, visit in LIS). We certainly cannot fully understand the problems and challenges that people with disabilities face on everyday. But, precisely because there are "special people" in our staff, we can tell you that with those "different normalities" we live together every day, we take care of them and they are an added value for us. For this reason we consider this comment inappropriate, because we know we do not lack attention and sensibility. The same attention and helpfulness, you had evidence when we offered to accompany, with our private vehicle, you and your husband to another service entrance so that you could visit the Catacombs. The same attention and helpfulness you experienced when, at the end of the tour, to facilitate you our colleagues accompanied you with a private vehicle to Piazza Dante. The same attention and helpfulness that, with much regret, we did not find in his words full of anger and unjustified accusations against a colleague of ours who was simply trying to do her job with the kindness of always. We regret, above all, that of all your experience with us, you managed to put in writing only what we read and not all the beauty that you definitely got to see and feel. We hope that you will return to visit us one day. We will be happy to welcome you again but be careful, we are always smiling in the hope of infecting others.
Written 1 May 2024
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Camper00171034241
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fantastic place, well organized, great guide & touching human story! Went with family as we stayed in Naples a few days, well worth it.
Written 25 April 2024
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Stella X
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was the most beautiful experience in Naples! We learned a lot of interesting information about history of Naples! Very cheap, with one ticket you can go on two tours. The stuff was great the most great!! They do fantastic work! With the ticket you reinforce a poor neighborhood in Naples! I absolutely loved and I would visit again and again! Totally recommended don't miss it!
Written 20 April 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I would recommend booking o line because the spots are limited and the tours are timed every 30 minutes. The tour is about 45 minutes. Our guide was informative and passionate about his job and the place.
Written 31 March 2024
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David R
85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had to walk a long way uphill to get to the catacombs, but it was well worth it. The catacombs are a must-see in Naples. We had previously booked online for a tour in English. There are quite a few steps down into the catacombs. It was a fascinating tour, seeing some of Naples' early history from pre-Christian to early Christian times. Our guide, Serena, was excellent.
Written 21 March 2024
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iainmcleod
Mid Calder, UK4,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this tour with engaging guide who spoke good english. Eye opening and quite stunning underground architecture. Definately recommend
Written 12 March 2024
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James
Fleet, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Really great tour of the catacombs, our tour guide was great and really knowledgeable and the catacombs are a very interesting historical and religious site
Written 15 January 2024
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Lisa M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Positive experience, staff friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend, tour guide explained history and open to questions.
Written 2 December 2023
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