Visiting the Catacombs of San Gennaro was without doubt one of the most remarkable experiences of my time in Naples. It is an underground cemetery, carved into the porous rock on the side of Capodimonte to the north of the city. It is composed of by a number of interlinked underground chambers on various levels that have been created over time.
A local community initiative was responsible for restoring the catacombs, with the work to restore, preserve and open them to tourists as a way to improve the Rione Sanità neighborhood, create employment, and fund the restoration work.
Whether or not you believe in the miracle associated with the blood of San Gennaro, a visit to the catacombs is one of the things that absolutely must be on your list of things to do in Naples. This is because, in addition to the unique architecture, the catacombs are also home to a significant collection of 9th and 10th-century frescoes and mosaics. Absolutely not to be missed!