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“A very unusual sight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)
Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091-212-117
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Ranked #37 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites
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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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“A very unusual sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Catacombs are located in central Palermo so driving and parking is an experiance in itself. The Catacombs are well worth a visit, but if you are of a nervous disposition think carefully before you decide to visit. As you would expect, you enter the Catacombs by walking down flights of steps into the basement area of the Capuchin church. There is an elevated walkway (to protect the floor below) over a large part of the subterranean area and dried corpses line both walls of the passageways.
We found the visit very interesting, on our first attempt at a visit we found the Catacombs closed for disinfestation!! On our visit 2 days later there were workmen plastering the walls of the stairs and the ceiling of the Catacombs, and they were talking in normal voices so any hope of reverence was quickly dispelled. We both had difficulty in relating the corpses to real people, so we had no sense of shock or anguish whilst we visited.
We understand that one of the reasons for being placed in the Catacombs after your death was that you could still have contact with your family. It was not uncommon for the living members to visit their deceased relative on birthdays and the like and even hold hands and sing!
The really touching scene is the embalmed body of the 2 year old girl who is laid to rest in her cot, in her nice clothes, with her hair intact and a yellow bow ribbon to tie it back. She died in 1920 and appears that she has just fallen to sleep. Most of the remaining bodies are virtually skeletons many still wearing the clothes that they chose to be buried in.
There is some pay parking in the Piazza Cappuccini in the piazza itself, however 2 blocks down and turn right and you will find one of the only surface carparks in the area and at 1 euro an hour (or part hour!) it represents very good value.
After you have visited the Catacombs, go and see the cemetery that is attached to the church and just wander pass the graves. If you have not visited a Sicilian cemetery before its worth the visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Bizarre but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Not to everyone's liking but we found it interesting. Certainly different walking down the corridors or central passage looking at mummies standing and lying on shelves. One I bought a postcard of was from 1871. No photos allowed so we all had to leave our cameras on the bus. Worth a visit if you have time.

Visited June 2012
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“Awesome place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have been too so many catacombs but this was the only one that I seen mummies face to face. It's not scary at all after all. Definitely recommended.

3 Euro per person. The Catacombs is closed from 1230 - 1500 and we have to come back the next day. Open from 0900 - 1230 then 1500 - 1700.

Visited January 2013
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“strange but moving experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This attraction had been recommended as somewhere a little bit different to visit, and that sure was true!Not the easiest of places to get to as it is quite a distance form the other main attractions in the town.However it was definitely worth it as it was an experience unlike any other.
You walk through the corridors lined with the mummified corpses of all shapes and sizes, each with a story to tell from the capuchin monks themselves to professional people, woman and even children. Rather gruesome but moving at the same time.

Visited December 2012
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“Powerful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is a difficult place to review as it is not the average tourist attraction but i have to say it was one of the most memorable that i have ever been to. It is a powerful place to go and really can evoke a lot of feelings as you walk around. It is quite something and i think different people would have very different opinions about the place but for me i would have to say it was very much worth going to and would recommend.

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