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“Unusual, interesting and worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cimitero delle Fontanelle

Cimitero delle Fontanelle
Via Fontanelle 77, 80136 Naples, Italy
+39 081 795 6160
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Ranked #19 of 337 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“Unusual, interesting and worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

We researched how to get there before we set off and so glad we did.
From Piazza Dante take the metro line to Materdei from where u can catch a bus (C51 or C53) Ask for Via Delle Fontanelle and from where we were dropped off it was about a 200m walk up and on the left.
We opted to walk back to Materdei which with the aid of google map only took 10 mins.

This is a free attraction which is always a bonus however we would have happily made a donation to its upkeep if they had a donation box.

We were welcomed in and given a guide leaflet to read explaining its history.

It was a surprisingly large place filled obviously with bones with some skulls having been adopted e.g skulls in display cabinets, adorned with jewellery and one skull having a little bow placed on top giving it a child like look.

Unlike walking around a graveyard where you glimpse info on the person here they are nameless, ageless, their history unknown which is sad but I suppose this adds to its interest.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Worth a look - something I hadnt seen before”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The signage is terrible and in actual fact, they point you in the wrong direction. The best bet is to write the directions down (the Italian version as well as English) and then ask the locals who are around. We got off at Metro stop Piazza Cavour and then walked. Its not that far of a walk and its through the little "cheap" markets. Stick to your left. There will be a sign which says the name of the church pointing to the right - dont follow it - stay to the left and you will get there quicker!

Before going, try to read up on some info as most of the guides only speak Italian and then all you're looking at is skulls.

Visited August 2012
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Unbelivable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

It took some finding, back streets of Napoli, not well signed, free entry, looks like you are entering a builders yard!! but worth the walk. the bones of thousands of poor souls arranged in this mass cemetry. do some research before you set out or you will give up.

Visited May 2012
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Naples, Italy
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“Important root of the Neapolitan culture.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Is an interesting and mysterious place of the city. For the connection with the purgatory souls cult is maybe an unique place in the world. To see even if you come for few days. The entrance is free. The site is closed Wednesday.

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