Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro) Tours

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One of the most important churches in southern Italy, the impressive Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro) was commissioned in the 13th century by King Charles I of Anjou and completed in the 14th century under Robert of Anjou. The Gothic cathedral was built on and around the paleo-Christian Basilica di Santa Restituta and is dedicated to the city's patron saint, St. Januarius. The duomo sits above fascinating catacombs containing archaeological remains of ancient Greek, Roman, and early Christian civilizations.

The Basics
In addition to a precious reliquary ampule said to contain blood of the saint, the site holds important works of art, including frescoes by Domenichino and Giovanni Lanfranco in the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, paintings by Perugino and Luca Giordano in the main church, and fourth-century mosaics decorating the baptistry. To fully grasp the historic and artistic importance of the Duomo di Napoli, visiting with an expert guide is recommended. Underground archaeology walking tours are an excellent way to explore the catacombs, and a combined tour of the most important churches in Naples—Gesu Nuovo, the Sansevero Chapel, and the duomo—covers the highlights of the city in one day.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The underground archaeological area is open on weekdays all day, and on Sundays until 2pm.
  • Consider a day trip to Naples from the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento if you would rather stay somewhere quieter than the center of this bustling capital city.
  • The catacombs are completely accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • San Gennaro is a Catholic church, so modest attire and appropriate decorum are required to enter.

How to Get to There
The cathedral is located in the center of historic Naples on Via Duomo, and can be reached by taking the underground metro to Piazza Cavour.

When to Get There
The region of Campania, especially along the coastline, is very crowded during the summer vacation season. If visiting between June and September, expect large numbers of fellow travelers in Naples.

The Miracle of San Gennaro
The cathedral is dedicated to Naples' patron saint, San Gennaro, whose ampule of blood is shown publicly three times a year—the first Saturday in May, September 19, and December 16—for the Miracle of San Gennaro. If the blood liquefies, good fortune will reign in the city. If not, Naples is said to face tough times. (Luckily, it nearly always liquefies.)
Location
Address: Via Duomo, Naples, 80138, Italy
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Hours: Open daily, 9am-noon, 4:30pm-7:30pm. On Sundays and public holidays the chapel is open only in the morning and the archaeological site is closed.
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Admission: free
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Private Tour: Naples Above and Underground Archaeology Walking Tour

See Naples from above and below ground on a 3-hour privately guided tour. With an art-historian guide at your side, you’ll venture through Naples’ historic center and head into an underground area of ancient ruins to learn about the city in bygone days. Check out a Roman market beneath the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore and discover archaeological wonders under Naples Cathedral. Entrance fees are payable on the day.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$328.00 USD
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Napoli Art and Food Tour: Gesù Nuovo, San Severo Chapel Museum and Duomo

Explore the beauty inside three churches in Naples with this 2.5-hour tour, followed by a taste of a typical Neapolitan pastry. Visit the Duomo, Sansevero Chapel, and Church of Gesù Nuovo in the heart of Naples.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pompeii ruins and the city of Naples with private transportation

Enjoy a private day trip from your Hotel or your accommodation in the area of Campania for visit to the ruins of Pompeii and the modern city of Naples,  traveling by a comfortable Mercedes Minivan. Following your hotel pick-up, your driver will drive directly to the entrance of Pompeii, situated on a volcanic plateau on the southern slope of Mt. Vesuvius. Learn the tragic story behind the everyday Roman town as you wander the streets between former houses and shops. Then we’ll transfer to Naples, which will give us unique opportunity to compare one of the most energetic cities in the world with the solemn world of the antiquity. First, to regain power, we’ll stop for a lunch in a classical pizzeria to taste a pizza. The tour around Naples will take 2 more hours, during which we’ll see both the historical and more recent parts of the metropolis.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover the best of southern Italy on a half-day sightseeing tour of Naples and Pompeii. Led by a local guide, explore Naples’ must-see spots, including the Royal Palace, Naples Cathedral and the Posillipo quarter, where you’ll soak up incredible views of the Bay of Naples. Afterward, journey to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the Forum, Thermal Baths and more before returning to your original departure point.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Pompeii and Naples Full Day Tour from Rome

Experience Pompeii and Naples on a full-day, private tour from Rome. Start the day with a pick-up from a location of choice and then Explore Pompeii with an English-speaking guide. Step back in time as you visit the immaculately preserved ancient village and learn about daily life for Ancient Romans. Then explore Naples with a stop for lunch (own expense) and then see Piazza San Domenico Maggiore and sample local pastries. Finally, visit The Duomo is a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Leave the hassles of driving and navigating to your guide and enjoy the sights.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Walking Tour of Historic Naples

Take a walking tour of Naples, and discover the soul of Italy’s edgy southern city from a Neapolitan guide. A brash yet creative place, Naples is home to a wealth of beautiful architecture, and you’ll see the most interesting sights as you explore by foot. Visit the historical center with a stroll along the Spaccanapoli, discover squares such as the Piazza del Gesù, and hear tales of Napoli along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Caravaggio and the Baroque Walking Tour in Naples

Take a walking tour of Naples historic center with a private guide and learn all about its architecture, history and art. With your own private guide — a professional art-historian — you’ll get to know the city’s unsung charms. Step inside Naples Cathedral, the Church of Santa Chiara and Gesú Nouvo to admire their architecture; check out artwork by the likes of Caravaggio; and unravel the different layers of Naples’ history as you explore.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$493.33 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Best of Naples Full Day Tour from Rome

Enjoy this incredible Private Fullday visiting the Best of Naples with private driver and licensed guide included. Buffalo Mozzarella Tasting included!  Sfogliatella Napoletana Pastry or Gelato Tasting included!Pick up and drop off will be at your accommodation in Rome. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming comfortable and fully air-conditioned last model Mercedes, Ford or other similar private vehicles
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$173.18 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Pompeii and Naples Full Day Tour from Sorrento or Positano

Enjoy this incredible Private Fullday visiting the Pompeii Ruins and the Best of Naples with private English-speaking driver.Expert local guide in Pomperii and Naples included.Limoncello Tasting included! Sfogliatella Napoletana Pastry or Gelato Tasting included! in NaplesPick up and drop off will be at your accommodation in Sorrento or Positano.Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: - Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers - Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) - Welcoming comfortable and fully air-conditioned last model Mercedes or other similar private vehicles
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$207.82 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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