San Gaudioso Catacombs Skip-The-Line Entrance Ticket - Naples

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
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  • Duration: 1 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Monday to Sunday: 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm.
  • Departure Details :
    The main entrance and ticket office of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso are in the Santa Maria della Sanità Basilica, Piazza Sanità n°5.
  • Return Details :
    By bus:Bus stop no. 1246 - National Museum. Lines 168, 178, C63 and R4Journey time around 8 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Under the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanit, the neuralgic centre of the district, is the second most important early Christian cemetery in the city.Descend into the heart of Naples and view ancient tombs of early Christians and captivating burial sites of the 17th century Neapolitan nobles. The art, evidence of creativity, imagination and the bizarre, merges the idea of purification with typical Neapolitan superstitions.

Know More about this tour

The Catacombs were extended following the burial of the North African bishop, deposited here between 451 and 453 AD. The Catacombs of San Gaudioso arethe second largestin Naples, and includes both early Christian and 17th century elements.

On one side there is the intensity of the early Christian elements, such as thetomb of St. Gaudiosusand frescoes and mosaics of the 5th and 6th centuries, and on the other, the special graves reserved for nobles, dating back to the 17th century, when the catacombs resumed the function of a burial site.

he Catacombs of San Gaudioso conserve valuable frescoes and mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries that feature many symbols that were widely used in the early Christian era, such as the fish, the lamb, and grapes with branches.

However, it is difficult to determine with certainty the extent and the number of the chambers, due to thenumerous transformationsundergone by the Catacombs: once they were abandoned, the 'Lave dei Vergini' invaded and obstructed the access, while other parts were modified or filled in for the construction of the Basilica.

During the 17th century, the site mainly contained graves for aristocrats and the clergy.

The tombs of the nobles and clergy were created following a special procedure. Theskullswere placed on display in the walls of the ambulatory, while the rest of the body wasfrescoed, usually with the clothes and professional instruments that represented the social status of the deceased.

The frescoes were painted byGiovanni Balducci, an artist who refused payment in order to be buried among the aristocrats in the Catacombs of San Gaudioso.

The main entrance and ticket office of the Catacombs of San Gaudiosoare inthe Santa Maria della SanitBasilica, Piazza Sanit, n5. With the same ticket you can also visit the Catacombs of San gennaro for free.


Visits of the catacombs last one hour, and there 4 departures time: Monday toSunday 10am,11am,12am, 1pm. 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 16 and 22 C.

Inclusions

Professional art historian guide

Local taxes

Entry/Admission - Catacombe di San Gennaro

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

On arrival at the San Gaudioso Catacombs, your Viator Voucher will be swapped for the entry ticket

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 16 and 22 C.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

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