If you like odd travel attractions as much as I do, chances are you know of the Atlas Obscura site. Billing itself as the “definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places,” the site lists places and sights all over the world that are unusual, hidden, or weird in some way. There are lots of Italy listings on the site – including things like bone churches, ancient frescoes, and modern art installations – and May 30, 2015 is Obscura Day.
On Obscura Day, there are more than 150 events taking place around the world in some of the strange attractions listed on the site. There are two events in Italy, so if you’re in Naples or Rome on May 30th you may find these sightseeing options interesting.
There are many catacombs in and around Rome, and on Obscura Day the International Catacomb Society will be leading tours of one of the Jewish Catacombs. Several of Rome’s catacombs are open to the public on a regular basis for tours, but this particular Jewish Catacomb – known as “Vigna Randanini” – can only be accessed with special permission.
This tour costs €35 and begins at 16:30 outside the San Sebastiano Church. You can buy your ticket here.
The Catacombs of San Gennaro, named for Naples’ patron saint, are a vast underground network of burial grounds that were once three separate cemeteries. They feature important archaeological finds such as mosaics and an underground basilica, and they were used from roughly the 3rd-10th centuries. San Gennaro himself was buried there, and later moved to the cathedral.
This tour costs €5 and begins at 14:00 at the entrance to the Catacombs. You can buy your ticket here.