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Cimitero delle Fontanelle, Naples

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Cemetery Historic Site
Cimitero delle Fontanelle is said to hold the remains of more than 8 million people. Many are from epidemics that ravaged the region in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The vast number of pauper graves without names led to the creation of the Cult of Abandoned Souls, which cleaned, cared for, and prayed over the bones. This practice went on for 100 years but ceased in the late 1960s. With our online itinerary creator, Naples attractions like Cimitero delle Fontanelle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Me and my wife visited the cemetery and were amazed at the scale of the place. We had seen a documentary on the cemetery but nothing prepares you! Quite difficult to get to unless you are staying in N...  more »
  • You will certainly do not see two places like this in the world. OK, this is certainly not for everybody, but if you don't have problems with human bones and skulls, you really should not miss this am...  more »
  • Countless number of skulls makes you think the story of those people. Quiet, peaceful place. After busy, tight & messy Naples, this is really a different, interesting place, worth of visiting.  more »
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  • Very interesting cemetery. Free entrance and the man at the entrance loves to give a little speech about the place. (Also free, but you can give him a tip.)
  • This experience was impressive. It is a bit scary and weird for us as forgeiners to see the remains of approximately 40,000 people. But the overseers of this special graveyard will make a great effort to give you some background information.
  • Good. But a bit abandoned...
  • Must see when in Naples
  • Somewhat difficult to reach (no proper sign after Mater Dei underground exit and a long staircase downhill to a dead-end street in a valley), this cemetery is worth a quick visit to discover the haunting maze of caves and heaps of skulls stored here since XVII century.