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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-212-117
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Ranked #182 of 1,763 things to do in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where...
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Type: Cemeteries, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Revisited 25+ years after I'd previously been.... Walking down the tunnel (before the actual exhibits) the subtle smell of the dust (from the skeletons/bodies hit me) and brought back previous memories.... Very creepy - I felt more than a little uncomfortable. The medical people in our group seemed the least affected!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Once you've seen one skeleton hanging up you've seen them all. Made me wonder why people wanted to display themselves. It's not expensive to get in, but we only stayed for ten minutes. Closed from 12:30 to 3 when we were there.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was a weird experience. Well worth a visit, everyone in the family enjoyed it. Personally I found it macabre and rather uncomfortable. It would make a great horror movie setting!

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Friant, California
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Easy walk from the central district. Just map it first. Only $3 euros each. Read up on it first on Wikipedia. Found that helpful. Some say it is musty and smells, we did not experience that. It is much more "stinky" outside with all the smokers and from the dogs peeing and pooping on sidewalks. Found it interesting inside. You... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Well this was something new for us. All I kept saying was 'how bizarre'! It really is different. For some reason I couldn't see it as going around looking at dead people - to me it felt like an exhibition or something like Madame Tussauds. It was very interesting. It does not smell damp or mouldy down there as you... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

So very interesting! O good history lesson but ever so chilling! artistic bones is not something i thought i would experience but wow. very good but very odd, worth a visit.

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

So this is not something you see every day. Tons of skeletons - some more intact than others. Worth visiting with a guide so you can understand the history, etc. - otherwise, well, you've seen one skeleton .... you've seen them all.

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Arlington Heights IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The crypt of the Capuchins is interesting but extremely creepy. Leave the kids at home! Seeing mummified bodies still in the clothing... well, not a sight to linger over.

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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Being around all the corpses dressed and posed is a bit on the creepy side. But, one cannot help looking at all the bodies, dates, stories if any

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Darwin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

An amazing place and experience. Very weird to be amongst so many dead bodies. Wasn't sure what to expect and had seen no photos of this place before we arrived. It is very spacious so difficulty in confined space is not an issue. Interesting and worth the 3 euro to visit.

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