These catacombs—designed for Christian burial rather than as refuges—date back at least as far as the 2nd century AD. This was where St. Gennaro's body was brought from Pozzuoli in the 4th century, after which the catacombs became a key pilgrimage center. The 45-minute guided tour of the two-level site takes you down a series of vestibules with frescoed niche tombs. Looming over the site is the imposing bulk of the early-20th-century Madre del Buon Consiglio Church,
whose form was apparently inspired by St. Peter's in Rome. Under the general site name of Catacombe di Napoli these catacombs are now linked ticket wise with the Catacombs of St. Gaudioso, in the Sanità district.