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Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro)
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.)
Address: Via Duomo, Naples, Naples, Campania 80138, Italy
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.
Admission: free
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Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour

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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 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 AD 79. See the Forum, Thermal Baths and more before returning to your original departure point.
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Naples Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Naples Private Tour

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With its wealth of historic sights, sprawling city center, and relentless urban pace, Naples can be daunting at first glance. With this tour, the city becomes manageable with the help of a guide who leads you on a walking itinerary of the highlights great and small, explaining Neapolitan history and culture along the way. Catch your breath and sample a traditional pastry during a break for coffee and dessert.
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Naples Guided Tour by Bike

Naples Guided Tour by Bike

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Get to know the southern Italian capital in a unique way with this 3-hour guided bike tour of Naples. Ride through the historic city with a professional guide, learning about Naples' archaeological, cultural and culinary history. Stop frequently for photos, including a coffee break along the way. Ideal for cruise passengers or short-break tourists.
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A Night Out in Naples Food Tour

A Night Out in Naples Food Tour

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An unforgettable evening in Italy's most vibrant city! We'll start in the Sanità neighbourhood, once a ghetto for plague victims but now a simply beautiful and one of the most authentic areas of the city. Throughout our walk, we'll see some of the best street art and amazing - and sometime even strange - architecture that Naples offers! This tour offers you an opportunity to taste some of the best street food in Naples from pizza (traditional and fried, the "pizza fritta") to fried pasta ("frittata di pasta") and more. We'll end the tour with local dessert and a limoncello. Throughout the tour, you'll also sample many local wines paired with each dish. The highlight of this tour is the views of Naples from a private balcony! Learn a little about Naples from our local host while enjoying the most amazing views and sipping on local wines.
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Naples walking tour of the Most-famous Sites Monuments with the Veiled Christ

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Experience the history and culture of Southern Italy’s largest city on this guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, learn the city’s fascinating stories while exploring local landmarks like the Cathedral of Naples, the San Severo Museum Chapel, Spaccanapoli, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Piazza del Gesù Nuovo.
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Cook and eat like a local in Naples

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Immerse yourself in authentic Italian cooking and culinary history during this cooking class in Naples. Learn to make traditional Italian specialties from a chef guide, then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, accompanied by local wine. You'll learn much more about Italian cooking than you would simply dining out at Naples' many restaurants.
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Naples in-depth Private Walking Tour

Naples in-depth Private Walking Tour

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See the sights of historical Naples with this half-day shore excursion. The ideal activity when your cruise ship is docked at the Naples port, the tour includes takes in Naples’ atmospheric Spaccanapoli area, the UNESCO-listed ‘centro storico,’ the famous Christmas street of Via San Gregorio Armeno and several Gothic and baroque churches. Even better, the tour is private and the itinerary is customizable. So if you want to focus on the lesser-known sights and discover the city’s best pizza, you can do that, too.
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Naples Orientation Private Walking Tour

Naples Orientation Private Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Naples with this private walking tour. Let your knowledgeable guide introduce you to the historic center of Naples, originally founded by the Greeks and still showing influences of the many different ruling cultures over the centuries. Learn about the city's major historic attractions as well as some of the local delicacies.
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Private Tour: Naples Food Tasting Tour by Vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600

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Combine Naples’ iconic cuisine with its culture on this private 4.5-hour tour in a vintage Fiat 500, which includes a private pizza-making class. Travel stylishly in a classic Italian car and stop to explore Napoli neighborhoods, sample local delicacies, and learn to create delicious pizzas under the guidance of an Italian chef. Absorb panoramic views of Naples from Piazzale San Martino and feast on pastries, gelato, mozzarella, wine, and coffee in the lively Vomero district. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Naples are included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Naples Grand Tour: the Best of Naples with your local guide

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Go off the beaten path with a half-day private tour in Naples. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and let your guide design a personalized tour. See top historic landmarks such as Castell dell’Ovo, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Galleria Umberto I along with local hidden favorites. Stroll through the Spanish Quarter and visit markets during this walking tour.
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Private 4-Hour City Tour of Naples with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up

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Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Naples and enjoy it's most emblematic monuments and sights comfortable in your private luxury vehicle, together with your private official tour guide.  Don’t miss monuments and sights like Spaccanapoli Street, Cathedral of Naples, Castell dell'OVO and much more! Skip the line entrance included to San Severo Museum Chapel. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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Small Group Naples City Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the beauty, history, sights and culture of Naples on this small group minibus tour. Follow your professional guide through Southern Italy’s exhuberant capital city and make stops at Cathedral and Treasure Chapel, the Royal Palace and Church of St Francesco di Paula, and take in panoramic views from atop the Posillipo terrace during this morning tour. Space is limited to ensure you receive a personalized travel experience. Hotel pick-up is included.
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Naples Shore Excursion:Small Group Naples City Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time while in port in Naples with a 2-hour tour of the city by minibus. See Naples Cathedral, the Royal Palace, views from the Posillipo terrace and more as a local guide fills you in on the rich history behind all the sights. After two comprehensive hours, your excursion will conclude at Plebiscite Square. Group size is limited in an effort to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Tour Naples Historical Center and Underground Naples

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Our tour is unique because you will be accompanied by specialized guides and graduates in art history. You will have the opportunity to make an exciting walking tour to discover the ancient Greek roads, the Roman underground excavations and the many squares present. The tour lasts about 5/6 hours and includes 2 different moments of free time, each of 45 minutes, one for shopping and one for lunch. You will have the opportunity to take numerous pictures during the breaks! You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the guide who will give you detailed information to satisfy your curiosity. You will enjoy an hour of free time to dedicate yourself to shopping and personal refreshment.
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Private Tour: Naples Food Tasting Walking Tour

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Taste the best of Naples with this private food tour as you explore the city's enchanting streets on foot. Visit different neighborhoods to sample local specialties, including a sfogliatella pastry and coffee at the famous Grand Cafe Gambrinus. Learn from an expert pizza chef how to make your own authentic Neapolitan pizza.
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Naples City Walking Tour with Food Markets

Naples City Walking Tour with Food Markets

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Naples is among Italy’s oldest and most fascinating cities, offering an eclectic mix of art, food, and architecture that can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This guided walking tour makes an easy introduction, taking you to the most famous landmarks in the historical center, and artisan workshops and traditional food markets—with tastings included.
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Naples The City of Legends History and Forbidden Cults

Naples The City of Legends History and Forbidden Cults

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Explore the historic center of Naples with a local who will guide you through the most important places of the city that are famous for their mystery and legends. There is a story from the ancient world behind almost every peculiarity you come across. From the skulls and bones to the strange mystical symbols carved into the peculiar facade of Gesù Nuovo church, to the Egyptian obelisks and sphinx- proof of Naples’s millennia of multicultural history, hospitality and acceptance. Here, the line between reality and the supernatural is forever blurred as people flock to the cathedral to see the miraculous liquefaction of a vial of the blood of San Gennaro.
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Private Walking Tour of Naples with a Tourist Guide

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Discover the rich history of Naples with an archeologist guide during this private walking tour. Maximize time in the historic city center and see local landmarks including Piazza Bellini, the Duomo of Naples, and the narrow street of Spaccanapoli. Stop for a coffee in a traditional Neapolitan bar and get personalized advice on where to eat. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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Tresures of Naples: Veiled Christ, Seven Works of Mercy and St. Gennaro Chapel

Tresures of Naples: Veiled Christ, Seven Works of Mercy and St. Gennaro Chapel

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Naples offers a great deal of treasures, many of which are hidden within the alleys of the city. Guided by an expert guide you will visit these beautiful and fascinating places that will leave you speechless. The first stop is the Sansevero Chapel, where the Veiled Christ is preserved. It is one of the most beautiful works in Naples. Commissioned by Raimondo di Sangro, Prince of Sansevero, to the young Neapolitan sculptor Giuseppe Sammartino, it is one of the most evocative marble works in the world. Passing through the historical center of Naples, you will go to the Church of the Pio Monte della Misericordia where you will see one of Caravaggio's paintings, the "Seven Works of Mercy". The guide will describe in detail the work with its various characters. The Last stop but not the least of the tour is the Cathedral of Naples where you will admire the spectacular baroque chapel dedicated to San Gennaro, the city's patron saint.
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Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples has so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions. Free Lunch time time (own expense) to taste the real food of Naples! Enjoy this impressive walking tour visiting the Best of Naples with local friendly expert licensed tour guide. Departure and Return will be at Naples Cruise Port, right outside your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion:  We will ensure your timely return to the Naples Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Private Tour of Naples Historical Center and Cloister of Santa Chiara

Private Tour of Naples Historical Center and Cloister of Santa Chiara

Enjoy your tour of the historical center of Naples with an expert local guide . You will walk through the alleys of the city and visit the most beautiful churches in Naples , cultural heritage of UNESCO. You will see the baroque forms of the Gesù Nuovo church with its sumptuous furnishings and the church of Santa Chiara, the most majestic of the city. You will also visit its beautiful Majolica cloister redesigned during the 1700s by the Neapolitan architect Domenico Vaccaro. Here you can stroll in the shade of its arcade, admiring the extraordinary medieval frescoes still visible. Do not miss the entrance to the Church of San Domenico Maggiore, one of the first Gothic churches in Naples. His story will leave you speechless. Finally you will visit the church loved by Neapolitan people, the Dome. Here you will see the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro where the relics of the patron saint are kept.
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NAPLES Walking Tour

NAPLES Walking Tour

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From Spaccanapoli you can enjoy a tour of the most beautiful churches in Naples starting from the Gesù Nuovo church, then passing through Santa Chiara, before reaching the San Severo Chapel. You will discover Neapolitan student spirit and creativity along Via San Gregorio Armeno to see the traditional nativity scenes and all the latest creations
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Naples Photo and Street-Food Walking Tour

Naples Photo and Street-Food Walking Tour

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Capture the historic grandeur and bustling modern energy of Naples through a camera lens on this 3.5-hour private photography walking tour. Discover Neapolitan lifestyle through its food! Our photo assistant will show you how to shoot captivating images of Naples’ iconic gates, markets, and tucked-away scenes of daily life. The mix of traditional life-style with the busy modern life of the city will offer you endless and unique photo opportunities. You will be introduced to the local street-food: we will taste the famous Margherita pizza and can try the "sfogliatella" pastry. All experience levels are welcome. • 3.5-hour private photo and street-food walking tour of Naples • Capture the city's unique history and energy through a camera lens • Get tips on lighting and composition from your personal photo assistant • Enjoy the undivided attention of a Blue-Badge guide • Taste lots of Neapolitan Street-Food • Private tour can be customized based on abilities and interests
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Historical Naples: Origin, Cults, Legends

Historical Naples: Origin, Cults, Legends

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Welcome to one of the most ancient cities of the World! With your Local Guide, you’ll walk through the old town of Naples: from Piazza Bellini, you’ll reach the Music Academy and Via dei Tribunali, the upper Decumano of the ancient Neapolis: the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta, with its ancient tower bell, Sansevero Chapel, one of the most fascinating places of Naples: the lower Church of Purgatorio ad Arco. Few steps far, the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, in its Gothic majesty, hiding even a portion of the greek city! We’ll walk to Duomo at the end: the Cathedral of Naples preserves the Holy Blood of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of the city and of all the Neapolitan spread around the world! We can wait to show you how wondeful, unique and special our city can be: it will be unforgettable! * tickets to Sansevero Chapel and Purgatorio ad Arco are not included in the price; to visit Sansevero Chapel you need the reservation tickets in high season.
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Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro) hours of operation: 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.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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