Catacombs Of San Gennaro Skip-The-Line Entrance Ticket - Naples

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Hr
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  • Departure Time :
    Monday to Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, or 5pm, Sunday: 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm, or 2pm, There is no need to prebook your start time
  • Departure Details :
    Main entrance and ticket office of the San Gennaro Catacombs at the Madre del Buon Consiglio Basilica on Via Capodimonte 13, Naples
  • Return Details :
    Concludes by the catacombs
  • 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.


A millennial history that lives below the ground in Naples, a journey to discover the close bond of faith between the city and its patron saint, San Gennaro.
SanGennaro catacombsare the most important ones in all South of Italy and they represent an extraordinary historic and artistic destination. In 5600 square meters you can appreciate some of the mostprecious paintingstill intact, and the wonderful basilica maior, an underground basilica completely dug in tuff.

Know More about this tour

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 fontcommissioned 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 arenextthe 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.


Local taxes

Professional art-historian guide

Entry/Admission - Catacombe di San Gennaro

Entry/Admission - Catacombe di San Gaudioso


Food and drinks

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Feb-2020

    Excellent and interesting guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Could answer questions and had been involved with the excavation and renovation so had lots of interesting back ground too very well worth visiting.

  • 16-Jan-2020

    This is a must if you are visiting Naples. It is well preserved, and a fairly new attraction. The guide was fantastic and enthusiastic.

  • 09-Sep-2019

    First off you get entrance to two catacombs with purchasing this ticket. The tour guides were so detailed and enthusiastic! Highly recommend!!

  • 20-Jan-2018

    My husband and I were underwhelmed. One thing we wish we knew about this catacomb is that you can go there and buy the ticket yourself, and that one ticket purchased for either San Gennaro or San Gaudioso provides you with entry to both.