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Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo

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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. To visit Catacombe dei Cappuccini 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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  • Yes, it is weird looking at hundreds of mummified bodies. But, it is also very interesting. To think of why this was done and how. The bodies are in different stages of decay; some just bone and some ...  more »
  • The Capuchins was an institution, hidden perhaps, for the of Palermo ones when I was a kid. It was almost in secret with scooters to high school, full years ' 80. Not paid either. Over time something moved, there's a note (still not a guide, as rightly noted by someone), and a bunch of tourists, never seen in decades. It's a graveyard, but very special. It is also an anthropological museum, you can see the clothes of the era, to understand many things. Always made me think a lot. I recommend it when there's too much turnout.
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  • We were at a very impressive outing, as a place, is part of the history of our city and the conservative culture of man.
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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.