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Private Tour of the Cimitero delle Fontanelle a Mater Dei and the Sanita

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What to Expect
The Mater Dei neighbourhood is set in between the Vomero hill and the lower part of Naples, ending on via Santa Teresa degli Scalzi. As you will realize from the buildings architecture, the side of Mater Dei closer to Santa Teresa is even the older one, and it is exactly in the heart of this rione that you will find the Cimitero delle Fontanelle – also known as ‘e Funtanelle.

This cemetery has been set into a natural cave, right outside the walls of the Ancient Greek-Roman city, where the graveyard and the mass graves where located. These tufo caves had been used since the 1656 to collect the corpses of the victims of the plague. Two centuries later, the victims of another disease that spread all over the south Italy - cholera – have been buried there. Only in the 1872 the structure of the cemetery was then organized and gates opened to the public.

Your guide will explain you in detail the traditional belief of the “anime pezzentelle†and why Neapolitan people are so related to them – not even mentioning the legends linked to some of the skulls kept into the cave!

You will then be led into the rione Sanita’, whose name comes from the Ancient belief that the area was rich of natural and supernatural salubritas. Set outside the walls of the polis, into the areas have been found many Greek ipogeos and paleo-Christian catacombs – for instance, the well-known San Gaudioso ones. In the late XVII century, it was supposed to become one of the noblest neighbourhoods of Naples, but during the centuries it has then become more a popular district, where you can actually get in touch with the “real Naplesâ€.

This journey off the beaten track of the historical centre will bring you to discover one of the most beautiful and hidden sides of the city.
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Important Information
Departure Point
You will meet your guide outside the Metro station "MATER DEI", on the Metro line 1.
Departure Time
9:30 AM
2h 30m
Return Details
The tour will end close to piazza Cavour.
The guide will provide you all the info you need to return to you hotel/apartment/bnb.
  • Viator brokerage fees
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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