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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  • August 18, 2017
    The cemetery is easy to find, he but Metro station Materdei is signposted. Also, the path is quite interesting, because you get a good insight into the way of life of the local people and runs through several residential areas with some further views. The cemetery itself is a huge cave with several chambers, in which thousands of skull and thigh and arm bones, and entire skeletons and Mummies to rest are surrounded. Information panels in English and Italian offer an interesting insight into the origin and history. With a good camera, it makes very good photos without a tripod and Flash.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Set in a rock is located this particular cemetery in which are placed the remains of the Neapolitans. Strikingly beautiful and unforgettable
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  • August 17, 2017
    A must visit for those who know Naples and for those who don't know her, to make the turn with the lead because you'll appreciate more the history of Naples and of the place, with history and anecdotes.
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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.

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