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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091-212-117
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Ranked #29 of 162 Attractions in Palermo
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Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Surrey, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I had read about the catacombs, and as we were in Palermo we decided to visit them, although my husband was not keen. They are a long walk from central Palermo and as it was very hot we took a taxi. There was a long queue but it was not expensive to get in. Once inside it was not as... More

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Lviv, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It is soooo interesting! Really must-see place in Palermo. Always wanted to visit it and my dream came true. Don't think I'm not into the dead bodies but it is very interesting to visit such a mysterious place, where the people were graved few centuries ago. And you can see them - everything. Even hair, nail, beards etc. And the... More

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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I was excited about visiting the catacombs long before I visited Palermo. It didn't disappoint! It was a unique experience to be surrounded by literally hundreds of dead bodies - some just skeletons but some were well preserved. The visit doesn't take long and the surrounding area doesn't seem very nice but I urge anyone visiting Palermo to visit the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is such an unique experience. To see real preserved corpses hanging from walls, still in the clothes they were buried in, sounds gruesome (and a warning that this may not be for some) but armed with an understanding of the historical context in which it was instigated, makes it all the more fascinating.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We decided to visit these catacombs after an impressive write up in our tour guide. It was informative and sombre.

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Felcsút
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I have to say it is disgusting, but it is the most interesting thig in Palermo. The entry is cheap, and worth the experience you will have. Human bodies laying in cofins or standing on the wall, and saying oh well I was so rich or famous that I can live now forever.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

...especially when the guy comes over the speaker to scold you for taking pictures, whoops. Great place!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I'm glad to have experienced this but I do feel a little emotional about seeing rows and rows of bodies. It felt stuffy and I didn't want to take a deep breath. You'll see lots of monks, children and well dressed professionals. We visited in the afternoon and it wasn't busy.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Just Kidding! We took a tuck tuck from the city center, (which was super fun) to the site. The catacombs were surprisingly not creepy whatsoever. It actually had a peaceful feel to it. It was quite an interesting experience to see so many various mummies in their preserved states. Our visit to Palermo was amazing, and this place topped it... More

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SURREY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It was easier to locate that we thought. For a 3 euro entrance fee you get an amazing experience. The catacombs are surprisingly peaceful and unscary. They are light and airy and you can wander about at will. The mummies are in various states of decay with some almost completely skeletal and others with clear features including facial hair. You... More

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