Catacombe di San Gennaro

#4 in Best Things To Do in Naples, Italy
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The Catacombe di San Gennaro date back to the second century, but they became a pilgrimage site in the fifth century when San Gennaro – the patron saint who lends his name to the catacombs – was laid to rest here. Along with the underground graves, visitors will view art, including fifth-century mosaics and a third century, Pompeian-style room adorned with early Christian-themed paintings. 

One recent traveler called the tour of the catacombs the "highlight" of his trip to Naples, citing the knowledgeable (English-speaking) travel guide who retells the fascinating history of the catacombs. But this reviewer isn't alone: Most visitors agreed that the guided tour makes this attraction really come alive. Along with comfortable shoes, you'll want to bring a light sweater (even during a summer visit), as the temperature underground can vary quite a bit from the street-level climate. 

The catacombs are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Eight bus routes make stops nearby. General admission costs 9 euros ($10), but for kids between the ages of 6 and 18, entrance is 5 euros (around $5.50). Your ticket will give you access to both a guided tour and entrance to another nearby catacomb, Catacombe di San Gaudioso. The catacombs are located along Via Capodimonte, with its entrance next to the Madre del Buon Consiglio. Check out the Catacombe di San Gennaro's website for more information.

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For a nice seaside promenade, look no further than the Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Flanked by cafes and restaurants on one side and the Gulf of Naples on the other, this walkway serves as a relaxing place to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh sea air. The views of nearby Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri add an almost magical element to this pedestrian walkway. 

Although recent visitors say a walk on Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli is a definite must-do, they recommend steering clear during the weekends when it gets "extremely crowded." Some also cautioned that vendors trying to hawk their goods can be a bit pushy, so be prepared to say a kind but firm "no, grazie" a time or two.

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