The City of Naples never ceases to amaze its tourists. Sometimes you don’t even realize if it is a pleasant or an unpleasant surprise. In a nutshell, the experience of visiting the chaotic Naples is not appealing to many tourists.
After my experience there I can definitely say that this city is worth visiting thanks to all the things it has to offer. For example visiting the Catacombs of San Gennaro is a very interesting experience. This was a unique experience for me because it was the first time I have visited a catacomb.
This visit will give you the chance to find out a lot of details about the history of this place. The Catacombs of San Gennaro (Le Catacombe di San Gennaro) are the most important catacombs in southern Italy. The archaeological site is an underground cemetery which shelters the ancient tombs of the Early Christians and bishops of the City of Naples.
The name of the catacombs comes from San Gennaro, who is the patron saint of the City of Naples. The catacombs are really shocking at first sight, if we take into account the fact that there are almost 3000 tombs which have been unearthed so far. However, it’s important to know that all the bones were moved to a real cemetery to find their eternal rest.
Together with the underground basilicas and the valuable frescoes and mosaics, the tombs tell a story which is over a thousand years old.
Once you enter the site you will be astonished by the simplicity of two small basilicas which are still used as places of prayer. One of them is Basilica of Saint Agrippino, who was the first patron saint of Naples and the other one is Basilica of San Gennaro Extra Moenia. Both are equally simple and loaded with a special type of energy.
The Crypt of the Bishops and the Tomb of San Gennaro are other two important places which deserve your attention. The beautiful frescoes and mosaics perfectly complete the unique architecture of these catacombs. One of the most famous and well-preserved frescoes is the Fresco of Theotecnus’ family.
You should know that you cannot enter the site without a guided tour, but this is a perfect opportunity to find out a lot of details about the history of this place. Equipped with walkways, ramps and a special lighting system meant to protect the interior, the site is really accessible and safe.
After this interesting visit, you can rest for a few minutes in the Basilica Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio, which is situated near the entrance into the catacombs.
Displaying a perfect blend between art and history and also a unique architecture, the Catacombs of San Gennaro are definitely worth visiting. That’s why you should add them to your trip list in case you are planning a trip to Naples.