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Cimitero delle Fontanelle, Naples
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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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  • A characteristic place not to be missed in Naples! Account a lot of history about the city and it's something you don't see many times in a lifetime. Beyond the cemetery itself, whose admission is free and where there are several plaques that explain the history of the cemetery, it is also interesting to see the whole neighborhood where the cemetery is located. My advice is also a restaurant in Sanità (the cemetery) where you eat very well and very cheap (not a tourist place has no page on TripAdvisor) right between the theater of the Sanità and the elevator down the Via Santa Teresa Degli Scalzi, it's called Trattoria La Frittatona and lunch a cousin piatto-mass (good!)-or sicondo piatto (meat or fish) with drink for € 4.5 or cousin and sicondo for 9 €! The service is impeccable and the restaurant couldn't be more familiar.
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  • The fontanelle cemetery is a very impressive place and mystic. Is a giant ossuary which houses the remains of people who "have no name". You can actually understand the decomposition of the body after death of course a bit macabre but interesting as are interesting legends that lurk behind the "capuzzelle". Admission is free advice to visit us is a very nice and expensive to Naples where they mix the sacred and the profane.
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  • In healthcare, a short walk from the metro station MaterDei lies this quaint cemetery ... A cemetery in a Tuff quarry by high roofs ... bones, skulls ... testimony among other things the various plagues that have plagued Naples. A strikingly beautiful, dark and sometimes disturbing but in my view not to be missed ... There is a possibility to book tours for a fee, otherwise the visit is free.
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  • 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...
  • One of the most suggestive place 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.
  • Absolutely realistic definitely worth the visit!