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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 Tuff cave in the belly of Naples full of human remains--skulls and bones arranged in a pyramid ... great beauty and mystery
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  • This awesome cave is a cementery plenty of bones and skulls from the cholera epidemic in the XIX century. 
  • more than 3000 nameless souls flock to this site, here the cult of "anime pezzentelle", adopted by the Neapolitans, testifies to the heart and the superstition of a great people ...
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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!