Dracula in Naples tour in the Church of Santa Maria la Nova
Attractions & guided tours

Dracula in Naples tour in the Church of Santa Maria la Nova

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit one of the most mysterious places in the heart of Naples
  • Admire one of the finest examples of Neapolitan Baroque
  • Discover the place where Count Dracula is said to be buried
What to expect

Visit one of the most mysterious places in the heart of Naples: the monumental complex of Santa Maria la Nova, founded in the Angevin period and today one of the finest examples of Neapolitan Baroque. Listen to interesting stories about the church and the life of the saint to whom it is dedicated, but also discover its dark side as it is said to house the remains of Count Dracula.

The monastery is dedicated to Saint Giacomo della Marca, who arrived in Naples at the end of the 15th century at the request of King Ferdinand of Aragon who wanted a healing miracle from him. Admire the huge richly decorated chapel where St. James was originally buried, as well as the two cloisters that characterize the church, the smaller of which is completely frescoed with episodes from his life and the miracles attributed to him.

In addition to the sacred, your guide will also reveal the profane secret that the church keeps. Along the walls of the minor cloister, there are also sepulchral monuments from the 1400s / 1500s which were originally housed in the church itself. The largest of the tombs is dedicated to Matteo Ferrillo, built by his son Alfonso, Duke of Acerenza, a Neapolitan noble family very close to the ruler Ferrante of Aragon.

At the behest of the King, Alfonso married Maria Balsa, presumed daughter of Count Vlad III the Impaler, prince of Wallachia, who went down in history as Count Dracula according to the novel by Bram Stoker. The young woman probably had her father's remains secretly transferred to her father-in-law's tomb to avoid their desecration and this curious theory is supported by a series of iconographic symbols present on the tombstone.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Entrance fees
    • Guided tour
    Where

    Piazza Santa Maria la Nova, 80134 Naples NA, Italy

    Meeting point:
    Meet your guide at the entrance to the church. Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.
    What to remember
    • Number of participants: min 2 people for the group tour
    • This tour is available in English and Italian
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    Provider
    Cantastorie Tour
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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