The Catacombs of San Gennaro.


Translated by Roberto Addino.
This guide provides a visual and emotional tour of a place which contains the most ancient and prestigious ruins of the Latin and early Christian civilizations in the city of Naples. From the portraits of Cerula and Bitalia to the tomb of Saint Gennaro, from the niches dug in the tuff stone to the Renaissance frescoes, the Catacombs of San Gennaro penetrate the rock of Capodimonte hill, telling a story about religious disputes, the origins of a community and an early integration with the rich migrants coming from Africa.

All this, in the frame of the Rione Sanità, a disctrict where a group of young people, led by a brilliant parson, is changing the way to make culture, supporting the renaissance of a part of the city: an example to follow somewhere else. This historical and artistic itinerary in the astonishing Neapolitan subsoil, is completed by an annotated bibliography and a glossary, to better unveil the misteries of the Catacombs.