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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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  • There is no place of Naples (and therefore the world) who successfully make it clear what is PIETAS, so dear to Christianity and at the same time as the ancient Greeks imagined the Ade. For the Neapolitan tradition only the Saints go to heaven and hell is almost empty, occupied only by men who have committed terrible atrocities. (just to understand the "minimum wage" is from Cain and up). All we will end up in Hades, or purgatory, not least because we all, deep down, we did some peccadillo. Worth? They range from a few centuries, a good family man, to hundreds of thousands of years for some fetentone. The torment? The flames that envelop us. And here the living come into play that can help the dead through the "Refrisco", which is to scratch the Refrigerium of ancient Romans. The deceased will suffer less and, in return, will pray for us by alleviating our pains in this purgatory of the living which is the Earth. The most powerful souls in helping us, because more appreciative of the other, are the "anime pezzentelle" those abandoned by everyone. Taken one of them, they don't ask for much. Put on their head, a penny goes to pay Charon, a cigarette, a toy for children. Don't forget a prayer. Some illuninista of my boots will say that this is superstition. Superstition are the televangelists, superstition is to say that only those who follow that particular religion will be welcomed on paradise, superstition is get too scared of God. This is FAITH, a faith that has three thousand years. YOU DO WELL TO THE SOULS IN PURGATORY:
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  • In these caves is collected the remains of more than 40,000 people. It is a picturesque place (have you ever adopted a skull?) and at the same time exciting. Off the beaten tracks worth the detour.
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  • I've been several times to visit this site. Every time I discover different things. To understand the essence of napoletanità you have to visit it. We understand the Foundation of the relationship of the Neapolitan people with the dead. It's a magical place where the border between life and death thins and it all looks a bit more human, very human.
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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!