Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Milena Morreale

The Catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

The catacombs of San Gaudioso alla Sanità

Le Catacombs of San Gaudioso I'm a real one necropolis located under the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità, and represent the second most important early Christian cemetery in the city after the Catacombs of San Gennaro.

These catacombs are named after Gaudioso the African, bishop of Abitine (Tunisia) who arrived in Naples by pure chance. Following the invasion of the Vandals he did not want to convert to Arianism, so King Genseric embarked him on a ship without sails or oars along with other Christian exiles. When he died, between 451 and 453 AD, the place of his burial became a cult and from that area the early Christian underground cemetery began to expand.

Besides the remains of the saint, the catacombs also welcome Paleochristian and seventeenth century elements, frescoes and mosaics of the V-VI century and some tombs reserved for nobles, dating back to the seventeenth century. XVI century a fresco of the Madonna up to then covered by the mud was found here: it is the Madonna of Health (V - VI century), the oldest representation of Mary in Campania.

Information on the catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples

Opening time

From Monday to Sunday and holidays from 10.00 to 13.00 (last entry 13 hours: 00)

price tickets

The admission ticket for the Catacombs of San Gennaro can also be used to visit the Catacombs of San Gaudioso within 12 months.


The entrance is from the Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità, in Piazza Sanità 14.

How to reach us

By bus
From National Museum: Lines 168, 178, C63, R4. Get off at the Basilica Incoronata - Catacombe San Gennaro stop

By car
Exit of the Naples Capodimonte ring road.
Turn right into via Capodimonte. The Basilica is on the right after 200 meters.

There is free parking.

By subway


Cell: +081 744 37 14 XNUMX.

Official site of the Catacombs of San Gaudioso

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