The Skull with the Ears: the Cult of the Dead in the Church of S. Luciella

15 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket


The cult of the Souls in Purgatory is one of the main faces of the city of Naples. Visiting the Church of Santa Luciella means getting to know the bowels of the city and supporting a social project of great value. The church with its basement is a hidden gem, off the beaten track.


Visit: Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai, Vico Santa Luciella 5, 80138, Naples Italy

Guided tour of the Church and the underground cemetery. There is kept, among many skulls, the skull with ears that has always been a point of reference for the Neapolitans who came to him to hear their prayers. Having ears made it easier for the skull soul to intermediate to give miracles and favors. The church was reopened by the Breathe Art Association after 30 years of neglect: the idea is to save the monuments by creating jobs for young people.


  • Guides
  • Entry/Admission - Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

April 2022

This a local project working hard to preserve and restore this small church. Inexpensive really and it is for a good cause. Interesting small catacombs and the skull with ears.

Linda M
March 2022

Hidden gem in the city center. The guided tour (offered in Italian and English) is interesting and entertaining, and helps to understand the traditions and spirituality of the city. The church and crypt are stunning and definitely unusual. Very fairly priced.

January 2022

Staff is professional and friendly. The church is a jewels, sth yoi have to see in the historic centre of Naples. I would give a special thanks to the guy who decide to restaurate that church, hope u all the best for your activities. Next week i am going to visit ss. Filippo and Giacomo, the othe...

December 2021

We visited the Church today and loved it. The guide was in English and Italian and told us a lot of very interesting anecdotes. The little show of the rubbish found in the church is itself a museum within a museum and a note to remember not to repeat old mistakes. The association "let's breath ar...

October 2021

A very different experience of a church visit. Interesting but short enough tour telling the history of the church and the cemetery in the cellar. Fascinating to see the skulls and the messages on the graves. Highly recommended!

September 2021

We did the tour and for €5 it was well worth it. We only stopped by because my wife was intrigued by the skull with the ears but it was great to hear the story of the history of the church, the ongoing restoration and future plans. Keep up the the good work! Don't be put off by the pointed hood o...

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