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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

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Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-212-117
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Description: Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000...
Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000 of Palermo's mummified dead will greet you; some dating back over 500 years and still dressed in their absolute best.
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Fascinating but nor for the faint-hearted

Until we were inside I hadn't realised that this was no ordinary collection of bones. Here we have preserved complete bodies still dressed in their funeral garments. Some have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Eerwah Vale, Australia

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

So glad that I went on a tour and had the opportunity to experience this unique piece of history. I have to admit that it was a little unnerving to see several small rooms decorated with human bones. Our tour guide - through City Wonders was great in sharing her thoughts on mortality. I definitely recommend visiting. I've never seen... More 

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Eerwah Vale, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Until we were inside I hadn't realised that this was no ordinary collection of bones. Here we have preserved complete bodies still dressed in their funeral garments. Some have survived better than others but many seem as if they have just closed their eyes in sleep and been forgotten for many years. Some were only placed here in the 1920s.... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Bit of a macabre site but truly amazing, the oldest body I found was dated 1699, and the latest was in the 1920's and it looks like the little girl has just gone to sleep, amazing mix of preserved bodies worth a visit if you get fed up with the living and the normal tourist spots. Bit of a hike... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very strange museum, showing how the capuccines preserved the dead people in the past. I have never seen another place like this. You have to decide for yourselves if this is a view you can handle (there are also childs exposed). The entrance fee is only 3 EUR so you can try and abord, if it's not something you like.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We made the mistake of walking from the Duomo to the catacombs which is quite a long walk in the heat. We arrived about 1:30 to find that it was closed between 13:00 and 15:00 hours so do check opening times if you are visiting

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Demonstrating a 19th-century obsession with death, clearly coupled with deep religious confidence in the resurrection of the body, the catacombs are both moving and extremely odd. At €3 to get in, you won't find many better value tourist bargains. We didn't have a guide and did not feel the lack of one. The experience of seeing hundreds of corpses placed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Great change for the rest of Palermo's attractions and only a short walk from the centre. Very easy to find. Not too expensive and does not take too much of time to look around. Great place to scare the kids or even yourself. The creepiness will be sure to fill your dreams. A Palermo must.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Catacombs are a must-see site in Palermo and well worth the €3 entrance fee. They still contain, unlike the Catacombs in Rome, the bodies of professionals, families, priests and religious from different eras in various stages of decay. It's definitely not the faint-hearted as there is often no barrier between the bodies and the walkways, allowing you to get... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We decided to visit these catacombs in Palermo without realising exactly where it was located. Had I known how far we would have had to walk from the hop-on hop-off bus in extreme temperatures and with no reasonable pavement I may have changed my mind! However, once there we were glad that we had made the effort. Without being able... More 

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Did not know exactly what to expect when we first got there,but it was amazing.Totally serounded by dead mummified bodies floor to ceiling,it's just got to be seen.

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Additional Information about Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-212-117
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Palermo  >  Palermo
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 am  3:00 pm - 12:30 am

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