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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 #33 of 143 attractions in Palermo
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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dorset
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A little hard to find, but well worth a visit. We had a very long walk to find the place, so it might be worth a taxi.Please note that the catacombs are always closed between 1pm and 3pm and close at 1pm on Sunday.No photography is allowed, but postcards are available to buy at the paydesk. There is also a... More

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Freehold, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Lord, this is not what one expects when visiting catacombs. In these underground recesses far from the bustle of downtown Palermo, Sicily, one finds the ancient art of embalming on display in all its eeriness. The visitor finds all sorts of deceased individuals openly displayed in their finest or most important clothing lining the walls of these catacombs. It makes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

From the 18th century through to the start of the 20th century, the good citizens of Palermo decided that upon their decease, they would find eternal rest in these catacombs. Not only that: they were to enter and remain in their finest clothing. They are displayed as such to this day, either in family groups or in other hierarchies including... More

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Montreal, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I first learned about the Capucin Catacombs on the excellent BBC series "Francesco's Italy from Tip to Toe". Since we were in Palermo for two days, we had to see it because of its' uniqueness. I was a bit apprehensive that it might give me nightmares and be hard to stomach, the truth is that it was none of that,... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The catacombs are not very easy to find, but once inside, it overwhelms you to the core. A bit unorganized, but nothing major to spoil the experience. Plenty of informational leaflets in all different languages as well as audio guide. If you're into history - it is a must visit place in Palermo!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Thanks to my friend who took me there, this place is not on my guide book so I basically didn't know what to expect before I actually went down. This is not a luxurious place but for the purpose it serves it is good enough: the bodies are classified with clear signage; the place doesn't stink at all. Well might... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is definately a must see in Palermo! I admit, it's a bit weird and scary. But it's a unique experience you'll never have anywhere again. Make sure to catch up on history especially of Rosalia's before visiting, so you get the most out of it. It's better to know the info before visiting, makes it much easier. Don't be... More

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

These catacombs host thousands of dried dead bodies. The visit is cheap and worth it. However children and people who impress themselves should strictly avoid this place. The bods are not well kept, and seem to be abandoned. An effort to their preservation is imminent, before it is too late. I wonder if the monks who take care of the... More

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Maryland
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I definitely wanted to go to this place after reading the reviews and the descriptions. There is certainly nothing like this in the United States. I was fascinated by the displays and how old some of the preserved corpses were. It doesn’t take long to walk through. The cost is very reasonable. at €3. Someone was taking flash pictures and... More

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Surrey, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Really interesting - definitely worth a visit if you are around Palermo. They could have more signs and stories about the bodies, but I assume they want you to buy the guidebook. I would be wary taking very young children unless they like spooky stuff as it is a bit eery, but nothing that any older child or adult would... More

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