Catacombe di San Gaudioso

Catacombe di San Gaudioso, Naples

Catacombe di San Gaudioso
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Under the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità, the neuralgic centres of the district, we find the second most important early Christian cemetery in the city. The Catacombs were extended following the burial of the North African bishop, deposited here between 451 and 453 AD. The Catacombs of San Gaudioso are the second largest in Naples, and includes both early Christian and 17th century elements. On one side there is the intensity of the early Christian elements, such as the tomb 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. The 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.
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Belfast, UK33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was great value for money at euro 9 per person for almost an hour. Made even better by the fact this is run as a social enterprise that supports local initiatives in what seems quite a deprived area in the immediate vacinity.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, providing a sensitive and factual insight into the catacombs. The history is truly fascinating.

This is an absolute must if you are visiting Napels.
Written February 26, 2020
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Linda G
1 contribution
Mar 2019
Two of us visited early in the day and as such were the only people on the tour. The guide was exceptionally knowledgable and passionate about the church, its neighbourhood, and the work of the organisation that maintains these beautiful, historic places. Their work seems incredibly important and the catacombs themselves were fascinating and beautiful places to explore. We can't recommend the tour enough. It was a highlight of an amazing trip.
Written January 15, 2020
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Rahway, NJ1,593 contributions
Jan 2020
I visited these catacombs just after the other nearby ones, San Gennaro. If you plan to do both, note they are both covered under one ticket, but I suggest doing San Gaudioso first. The tour is slightly shorter and you can then walk over to San Gennaro just in time for the next hour's tour.

And I do recommend seeing both, as they are completely different. Of note at San Gaudioso are the fascinating and unusual burial customs. As with San Gennaro, no bones are here.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ercolano, Italy56 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Is possible ho there by Metro and then by foot 20 minut. If you go over bridge, you use lift and church with catacomb is next to bridge. Front of church pizza is excelent, big and cheap. History of catacomb is amazing and rugged, but very interesting. You survive something about sacred.
Written August 16, 2020
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Anastasia B
Ottawa, Canada41 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
The intricate history of this place is amazing. If you visited the San Gennaro catacomb first, you can easily walk to this one (about 15 minute walk away) or vice versa since your ticket is good for both. You can also do them on separate days because your ticket is valid for a year!
The tours run on the hour, every hour. You begin by descending down a narrow stairway in the middle of the church. The rooms in this catacomb are small (or at least the parts accessible) but they make up for it with their bizarre and macabre intricacies.
I was struck by the irony of one of the first inscriptions you see, it said something about how we are all equal in death. But then the fresco done with skulls (now removed) were only available to the wealthy. Hmmm.
The church over the catacombs is also very beautiful and well worth looking around.
Overall this is a truly fascinating place that I highly recommend. The
Written April 14, 2019
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Nadine D
Granollers, Spain72 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We visited these catacombs on our last morning in Naples. We were there for the very first tour--and no one else! The private tour underground was awesome and the very friendly guide even showed us a new fresco which was being restored and usually couldn't be seen by big groups.

This visit is a must to learn about life and history in Naples recent centuries--especially if you particularly enjoy the more morbid part of history. We visited the San Gennaro catacombs first and were told that with the same ticket we had free entry to the San Gaudioso ones, so it was quite the deal!

The only problem is that it was a little difficult to find. Signs on the street were ambiguous and we ended up asking people. It turns out the catacombs are accessed inside the church (la chiesa), so make sure you go inside and go to the very back where there's the information desk.

Say hi to the skeletal guard for me when you see it!
Written November 12, 2015
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Warsaw, Poland7,224 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited catacombe di San Gennaro first, then proceeded to Catambe di San Gaudioso, bit south in Sanita District. You enter the catacombs through the church's crypt - guided tours only, starting inside the church on full hours.
According to tradition, it is the burial site of St. Gaudiosus, a bishop who arrived from North Africa in 5th century. Place was forgotten for centuries but in 16th century the catacombs returned to their burial function.
The most emblematic was the practice to take the heads of the dried corpses and lock them in the walls and painting a body that would give indication of the profession of the buried person.

The guide was great and his English was very good. The two catacombs together are places that should not be missed when visiting Naples.
Written July 11, 2018
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Jenny K
Province of Naples, Italy3 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
If you're looking for something unusual to do in Naples, give this site a try. Located underneath a gorgeous church in the Rione Sanita, these catacombs have some features that you won't see elsewhere. This site was an early Christian cemetery that was later taken over by monks, who also used it for burial. These monks decorated the space by sticking the skulls of their dead brethren in the walls and designing paintings around them. You can also see chambers used for the draining of bodies, where corpses would be placed to dry out so the bones could be buried elsewhere (this was a long-running burial tradition in Naples).

The site is easy to get to: starting from via Toledo, walk north until you are on the big bridge over the Rione Sanita. The church will be below the bridge on the right, and on the left is an elevator you can use to get down there easily.

The tour guides are knowledgeable, and the site is well lit and easy to access if you are comfortable with steps, ramps, and some slightly uneven dirt floors.

Highly recommended, especially if you are already in the neighborhood for another tour offered by the Catacombe di Napoli organization! Some of the tickets are good for more than one site, so it's a great value!

(I also wrote a review for the Catacombe di San Gennaro, so check that out, too.)
Written May 24, 2015
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Leicester, UK228 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
A guided tour through the ancient catacombs. Very atmospheric with ancient bones and frescoes. Part of a community enterprise providing work for locals.
Written October 27, 2014
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1 contribution
Sep 2014
I went to the catacombes in a group of about 20 with it mixed between English and Italian speakers. Although the place and church itself were absolutely stunning, the tour guide who took us down was a very rude lady who seemed to resent that there were any English speakers in her group. She started by explaining in Italian which of course us English speakers didn't mind, it gave us a chance to look around and/or take photos. However as the tour went on it was apparent the tour guide would only spend about a fifth of the time explaining in English as she did in Italian, so we felt we were not getting all the information we could about this beautiful place. She was also very reluctant to answer questions and often walked off to spend time chatting to the Italian speakers rather than answer our questions. At the end of the tour she just walked off and did not give us even a chance to thank her, despite receiving many thanks and having conversations with the Italians just before. She also made sure to smile and joke when explaining to the Italian guests, but us English guests got not even a warm look in our direction. It was a real shame as I really would have loved to know more about these catacombes that we had such a tour guide, it made it seem like such a waste of money and was very disappointing in out last day in naples.
Written September 7, 2014
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