Catacombe di San Gaudioso
Catacombe di San Gaudioso
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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  • Nathan B
    Dundee, United Kingdom131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting!
    Very interesting tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. It was so interesting to hear the stories about the catacombs and experience bring there in the flesh! Only thing I'd say to improve this experience/tour would be to allow us to go back into the church we walked through to allow more photo opportunities of the stunning architecture.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Melanie W
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit
    The entry ticket is for both catacombes in Naples although we’ve only done this one so far. It was interesting to see the church above ground and also the catacombes below. The guide was very interesting and seemed to know lots about the site. Definitely worth an hour of your time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Georgia
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative tour
    You could only enter the catacombs if on a guided tour. We ended up on the Italian tour due the English one being full and couldn’t wait for the later one. However, we had just visited the other catacombs nearby and was able to pick up on the general gist of what the tour guide was saying despite only know very basic Italian (hand gestures helped too!), he seemed very informative. Definitely worth the visit, the preservation of the place was incredible.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • MP5Reno
    Reno, Nevada6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating tour with a juicy twist.
    We very much enjoyed learning about the history of these catacombs, and how they were used differently over time. The description of the special methods deployed by the 17th century church to ‘squeeze out’ extra profits from wealthy parishioners was worth the price of the tour alone. The guide was very entertaining and full of information that he conveyed well. The special project this tour supports is one we and you will be happy to support. Very glad we took the time to find and include this fascinating tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 24, 2023
  • 473vivienned
    Colchester, United Kingdom235 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best guided tour in Naples
    This venue was very easy to find and the entry was very well organised. Our guide, Vittorio spoke English, but also understood it and navigated the site with a sense of humour. He gave very good insight to the history of this church and it's cemetery. The catacombs were well displayed and atmospheric, and you were given enought time to explore every area.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Sidecarural
    Milan, Italy259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent (expect the unexpected...)
    Online ticket booking, quite fast. Large group, but not too much. We visited the imposing basilica, the catacombs (including the unexpected 'putridarium'...), and finally a beautiful nativity scene (probably the most beautiful I've ever seen!). Competent guide. Overall, an excellent visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • fo am
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting tour
    The tour was very interesting and bizarre, it's definitely worth learning about the religious and social history of the burials in the catacombs. Finding the Catacombs was a slight challenge when following Google maps. Look out for any lifts or stairs in the direction of the catacombs because it's located just below where the directions take you . It's a 20 min walk from the Archaeological museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Art is heart
    Mumbai, India682 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catacombs give a right message "Me today you tomorrow",
    What a must visit catacombs, the Frescos mention what every single mortal must remember " I'm here in catacombs today, you will be here tomorrow", indeed the only certain thing in the life of a mortal is the Death,rest all is uncertain. The chamber where the dead were made to lose the fluids to extract the bones for more such rich can put their dead in the prestigious resting place which now is right below a big church. Emmanuel was brilliant, the local artists giving their own twist to the Nativity scene at the end is a perfect finish to a tour of the catacombs.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 6, 2024
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Sergei
Bryn Mawr, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A 50 minute tour of the catacombs, which was well paced and interesting. The catacombs are quite small, but there’s a lot of history packed in there. No skeletons, though. The guide was very entertaining and told great stories. Our kids were fascinated and really enjoyed it. There’s also a feel-good story about the coop that runs the tours and is helping transform the community. The catacombs were also quite cool, which was a welcome respite from the heat outside.
Written June 17, 2023
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Art is heart
Mumbai, India682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
What a must visit catacombs, the Frescos mention what every single mortal must remember " I'm here in catacombs today, you will be here tomorrow", indeed the only certain thing in the life of a mortal is the Death,rest all is uncertain.
The chamber where the dead were made to lose the fluids to extract the bones for more such rich can put their dead in the prestigious resting place which now is right below a big church.
Emmanuel was brilliant, the local artists giving their own twist to the Nativity scene at the end is a perfect finish to a tour of the catacombs.
Written May 6, 2024
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Barkerfamily
Loughborough, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Really interesting tour of the church and catacombs. Serena was a brilliant guide, so passionate about the project and the whole area as well as being really informative. This ticket also gives you entrance to the San Gennaro catacombs but we didn't have time for them. Both the church and the two sets of catacombs are run by a not for profit cooperative and it was a pleasure to support this. Please go, you will not be disappointed.
Written October 16, 2022
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Sidecarural
Milan, Italy259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Online ticket booking, quite fast.
Large group, but not too much.
We visited the imposing basilica, the catacombs (including the unexpected 'putridarium'...), and finally a beautiful nativity scene (probably the most beautiful I've ever seen!).
Competent guide.
Overall, an excellent visit.
Written January 5, 2024
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473vivienned
Colchester, UK235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This venue was very easy to find and the entry was very well organised. Our guide, Vittorio spoke English, but also understood it and navigated the site with a sense of humour. He gave very good insight to the history of this church and it's cemetery. The catacombs were well displayed and atmospheric, and you were given enought time to explore every area.
Written November 19, 2023
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Georgia
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
You could only enter the catacombs if on a guided tour. We ended up on the Italian tour due the English one being full and couldn’t wait for the later one. However, we had just visited the other catacombs nearby and was able to pick up on the general gist of what the tour guide was saying despite only know very basic Italian (hand gestures helped too!), he seemed very informative. Definitely worth the visit, the preservation of the place was incredible.
Written September 23, 2023
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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Morgan K
Vancouver, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Super fascinating tour given by Laura! She got into some pretty eerie details that were really interesting from a both a cultural and historic prospective. It was the perfect length, and she was great at answering questions on the spot. Would absolutely recommend this spot, followed by the San Gennaro Catacombs!
Written May 24, 2022
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MP5Reno
Reno, NV6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We very much enjoyed learning about the history of these catacombs, and how they were used differently over time. The description of the special methods deployed by the 17th century church to ‘squeeze out’ extra profits from wealthy parishioners was worth the price of the tour alone. The guide was very entertaining and full of information that he conveyed well. The special project this tour supports is one we and you will be happy to support. Very glad we took the time to find and include this fascinating tour.
Written September 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nathan B
Dundee, UK131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very interesting tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke great English. It was so interesting to hear the stories about the catacombs and experience bring there in the flesh! Only thing I'd say to improve this experience/tour would be to allow us to go back into the church we walked through to allow more photo opportunities of the stunning architecture.
Written September 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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