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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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  • Don't miss it-but I recommend a guided tour-the charm of the place for me is above all in the story of the "bond" established in that place between dead and alive, the adoption of a forgotten soul (pezzentell) that she returned while protecting the family foster home.
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  • Place off the traditional tourist circuits, old town reached by a long hike through the Sanità (there are buses but there is no guarantee any backward step, so we decided to shoulder legs we faced an hour's walk from the Duomo) is not the place for impressionable people, you don't place nice but definitely is interesting, inspires you to reflections and meditations , is a place of silence, of many other things. I think every person who travels, and tourists we found perhaps more than we expected, comes out with something inside that is just her, it makes no sense to express or comment. We had already seen something to the Escorial in Spain (a very big room, with walls on floor and ceiling entirely covered with human bones) where upon entering you experience a true sense of anguish. Here this oppression we didn't use it, but the experience is strong. Anyway, it's my life. Before our advice is: read.
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  • This cemetery is a unique place carved into the tufa Rock Hill yellow materdei, adjacent to the Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is very neat and clean, accommodates 40,000 remains/bones (skulls, tibias, femurs), free entry and is open to visitors in about half an hour. I still recommend a guided tour can be combined with the health district. You can walk it in about 10 minutes from stazione Materdei (yellow Metro-1 line), or starting from the Centre (piazza Dante) in about 30/40 minutes or taxi. To avoid in any case private car parking difficulties. Note that in winter the cemetery closes at 16/16.30.
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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!