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Cimitero delle Fontanelle

Via Fontanelle 77, 80136 Naples, Italy
+39 081 795 6160
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Ranked #14 of 222 attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Cemeteries
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Naples, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was recommended to visit the cemetery by a local from Napoli, and I have never seen so many skulls in one place (this was my first crypt adventure in Italy). It was peaceful and worth venturing to see. There is no admission, and I would recommend a visitor join a tour to understand the history of the cemetery. That... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This one wasn't in our guide book, we saw it mentioned on a television programe before leading the UK and as it was near our hotel popped in on our last day in Naples. We were very surprised to find it was free entry and a very interesting place to look around.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We visited this site following a visit to the Catacombs of St Gennaro in Capodimonte. The guide at the catacombs told us that all the bodie/boness had been taken to the Fontanella Cemetary. We visited this a few days later and found it a very interesting place albeit a bit spooky. The caverns are very large and there is plenty... More

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Easy enough to find, but had no idea how enormous these caverns would be! Free entry, which was a surprise. The skeletons have been placed all around the edges of the internal walls of the caverns. Some arranged in decorative piles, with leg bones under and skulls lined on top in rows. Some skulls have been placed inside little boxes... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

If you've seen enough churches throughout your tour of Italy, and you've had enough (or even if you haven't), hop a cab and make your way to this bone chapel - it will broaden your perspective and humanize the dented, ugly city of Naples. Your cab driver probably won't know the way, but no worries, the locals will give him... More

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This was one of the most fascinating things we saw during our trip to Naples and I would definitely recommend visiting it although it is hard to find! We got the metro and then walked for about 20 minutes to get nearby but had to ask a couple of locals where it was. The sign for the cemetery is hidden... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

There is no guide or signs of what you see, so just get some information before you go. It was the strangest place I've been to

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Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We visited this on the way back into the town centre from the Catacombs of San Gennario and after getting brilliant pizza from the Cantina del Gallo, which is conveniently on the way. It's not that hard to find, just keep walking along the via Fontanelle for 20 mins or so; locals will point you in the right way if... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

One might argue that I have an unhealthy obsession with death, but this place exceeded my expectations, and I have visited a few bone chapels in other countries. The history is fascinating (the place was shut down by the Catholic Church after the locals took to "adopting" the remains) and the ambiance is eerie but touching. When we went there... More

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Sammamish, Washington
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Worth the trip to the Cimitero. Not an easy place to find but once arrived I was in total shock. The amount of history is unbelievable. The skeletons are keep in decent shape and the establishment was interesting to visit. This entire area is built on Catacombs and tunnels leading somewhere. I enjoyed the visit

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