Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo

Cemetery · Historic Site
Housing more than 8,000 Sicilians' mummies, Catacombe dei Cappuccini 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. Make Catacombe dei Cappuccini a part of your Palermo vacation plans using our Palermo journey planner.
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  • The catacombs are now closed for construction and renovation until further notice, so you don’t have to bother with making that long-ish journey and being disappointed!  more »
  • This is one of the places you must visit in Palermo, even if you don't have such a long time there. Beware of the guy at the ticket office - tickets costs 2.5 eur, but he charges you directly 5, and.....  more »
  • 7 € entry fee. Very interesting, only a few place in the world are you able to have similar experience. About 30 minuts walk from city center. The highlight of my visit to Palermo.  more »
  • The catacombs are a letdown as they are not catacombs in the traditional sense (underground or under a church, carved out of rock) Just shelves upon shelves upon which skulls attached to stuffed dummies are placed and “scarecrows” hanging on walls. A couple eerie pieces for sure. Great for the macabre lover. The little girl well preserved is kinda eerie.
  • This is a must see if you are in Palermo... it's a thing I wouldn't normally visit but my wife wanted to see it , The mummies are creepy and definitely a sight to see.... the clothes they are wearing are old but sometimes in really good condition.The entrance fee is 4 € per Person which is acceptable.
  • Interesting and gruesome attraction. It's nice to observe how the funeral culture had evolved in the last centuries and impressive to see how some bodies preserved themselves after their death. At the same time, I wonder if it's correct make business on bodies of dead people.
  • For 3 Euro you see many mummified corpses from Italian past. The air is dense and atmosphere dark. But if you want to be mentally prepared for the upcoming zombie apocalypse this is the perfect place to train yourself. It does leave you with emotions of uneasiness and is probably not suitable for children. There is no tour guides and most of the signs are torn down but you still can read and learn a lot, provided you know Latin or Italian.
  • Amazing place. A MUST. It's so impressive I dont have words to describe it. It's so interesting how the mummies are preserved. Not good for small children. We went with our 10 month old but she slept throughout the visit.

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