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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Sep-18 > THE CATACOMBS OF SAN GENNARO


In Naples, where history is told through layers of earth, an ancient tomb offers a window to the distant past

Deep beneath the streets of northern Naples, on the slopes leading up to Capodimonte, in the area officially known as Rione Sanità, but also sometimes called the ‘Valley of the Dead’, lie le Catacombe di San Gennaro, where the remains of the 5th-century martyr St Januarius (Gennaro) were once entombed, as were the remains of several subsequent paleo-Christian bishops. It became a place of worship, and then a place of looting. During the Second World War, it became a place of refuge. It is now an eerie, and slightly macabre, tourist attraction.

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The Dolomites are a popular summer retreat for many Italians. We’ll show you how walking takes precedence over the winter activities we usually associate with this beautiful region. We also visit the secret green spaces of Italy’s cities, perfect oases if you are taking a summer city break. And we visit Matera, a city once known as ‘the shame of Italy’ but now set to become the European Capital of Culture.