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Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo

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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. 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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  • We visited here following a recommendation and while I'm glad we did visit the catacombs, it certainly was an experience. It's not the sort of place you could spend hours as it's incredibly eerie - pa...  more »
  • One of the most wierd bizarre but totally engrossing sights in the whole of Italy. Not for the faint hearted - but you will not forget this easily. A bit out of the way but well worth the journey.  more »
  • Thousands of bodies in various states of preservation--monks, priests, men, women, children--on shelves, in open coffins, hanging on hooks. Don't try to take pictures. They really mean it when they te...  more »
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  • For only a couple Euro, this was a fascinating experience. It's definitely rather dark and macabre, but like I said, fascinating. We spent about 30-45 minutes here. You can get very close to the bodies if you wish, though there is railing and fencing in some areas to prevent actually touching them. Pictures/videos are prohibited. Notably, there are no bad smells. Just smells a bit dusty. Definitely worth the trip. DO NOT pay anyone that asks you for money when you park. It's a ripoff.
  • This place offers an interesting encounter with the topic we all wish to avoid. Very intense experience. Highly recommended
  • this is an excellent place to visit if you like imagining yourself in a walking dead episode. Very zombie like, semi preserved bodies all over the place. gruesome, but cool at the same time.
  • Fascinating place but I wouldn't take children as it's definitely a bit scary
  • Visiting the catacombs is certainly interesting - but not everyone is like that. It is strange to see so many corpses in such a small space. There are adults, children, families ... Lying or hanging figures in various stages of "decomposition". Maybe scary, maybe repulsive - but also fascinating. It is a pity that the main "attractions" - little Rosalia - is in a glass coffin in which there is hardly visible. We were here in June - outside the main tourist season - and the catacombs were about five people besides us. Parking directly in front of the monastery were no problems, we left the car there all day