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Capuchins' Catacombs, Palermo
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Housing more than 8,000 Sicilians' mummies, Capuchins' Catacombs is one of Italy's (and the world's) most unusual and macabre attractions. Explore the tombs and hallways to view these permanent residents, the oldest of whom was embalmed in 1599. Two-year-old Rosalia Lombardo is one of the catacombs' most famous inhabitants. Although she interred in 1920, she still seems almost lifelike. The underground cavern's dry atmosphere and mineral content keep the mummies remarkably preserved. Small children and the squeamish may want to avoid this attraction. To visit Capuchins' Catacombs and get the most from your holiday in Palermo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Palermo trip itinerary planner.
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  • Visit to do absolutely if you're in Palermo, incredible atmosphere, you seem to relive the history of the deceased
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  • This place is quite special. Rows and rows of bodies very differently preserved. Some were mummified, others just dried up. At the beginning I was surprised as how close you can be to these bodies, yo...  more »
  • A journey through perfectly preserved skeletons and divided by category and profession that seems to be meeting. To see. Reasonable price, located slightly out of the city.
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  • Interesting place, but with English guide and some stories about 100s years old remains could make this visit even more exciting. No reduced price for kids, despite they claimed that schools are visiting them. Entry 3 EUR.
  • Fascinating place, though a bit creepy. A unique place to visit. I wish there were leaflets in English so I understood more what it was all about.
  • Not for people who are spooked easily! The catacombs are filled with bodies in various states of preservation, some even still having the hair on their heads and facial hair. It's very impressive and well organized (even a section just for virgins), but do keep in mind that you will be in a dark place surrounded by hundreds of dead bodies (some of which are honestly quite ghastly looking). Incredible experience and tickets are inexpensive.
  • Interesting but odd place lots of corridors filled with mummified bodies some still with their eyeballs. Some of then as young as 1900. Far away from the Center. It's a long walk through some dodgy looking spots. I would recommend a taxi there. Can't take any pictures when your there
  • Weird place. I'm really hesitating whether it has made me put some thoughts into the meaning of life and death or is it simply unnecessary and brutal exhibitionism. Where I come from - there is a law that prohibits treating dead bodies like this. What's even more disturbing is making money out of this.