Catacombe dei Cappuccini

Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo

Catacombe dei Cappuccini
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Historic Sites • Cemeteries
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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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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Simona G
17 contributions
Closed for construction
Jul 2021 • Couples
The catacombs are now closed for construction and renovation until further notice, so you don’t have to bother with making that long-ish journey and being disappointed!
Written July 7, 2021
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Very interesting visit
Aug 2020
This is one of the places you must visit in Palermo, even if you don't have such a long time there. Beware of the guy at the ticket office - tickets costs 2.5 eur, but he charges you directly 5, and puts a postcard set on your hands, and you are done! You cannot take pictures inside, so that might not be such a bad thing...
Written October 6, 2020
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Phil
Odessa, Ukraine2,188 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2020 • Business
7 € entry fee. Very interesting, only a few place in the world are you able to have similar experience. About 30 minuts walk from city center. The highlight of my visit to Palermo.
Written September 23, 2020
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Michael R
Rugby, UK46 contributions
Thought provoking experience.
Sep 2020
For 3 Euros we spent an hour there which is very reasonable. It is about a 30 minutes walk from the Cathedral so if your walking is not so strong in the heat its worth looking for taxi or bus options.

The catacomb itself is morbid, as expected, but I found it incredible thought provoking. Before going I recommend reading about it as there is no information there.

To think people paid for their loved ones to be preserved, displayed (hung or in coffins with a glass side), so that they could visit them, to share occasions with them, to hold their hands again, is interesting in itself. Most of the bodies are in their best clothes ready for whatever is after death.

Sad however that, as time goes on they are forgotten about. And now, the only ones to read their names (if they have one) are us tourists. A fascinating experience that gets you thinking.
Written September 21, 2020
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Luis
Runcorn, UK11 contributions
Must see in Palermo
Sep 2020
We parked nearby at the 'Parking Area Camper Green' which was about 5 minute walk away and cost 1 euro/hour.

We had a short wait before the catacombs opened following the lunchtime closure, the door was opened and we were told that it cost 3 euros per person.

Having visited other macabre attractions, this was really impressive. I'm not sure what we expected but there were so many mummies to look around and it was extremely interesting.

There was another english family who had a young (4/5) year old child with them, which is probably a bit risky. You are very close to the mummies when walking around, and they are at various stages of decomposition.
Written September 20, 2020
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Andy Rodley
Eaglescliffe, UK17 contributions
Very interesting
Aug 2020
Interesting , worth a visit for 3euros per adult. Left feeling like I’d been in a wax work type horror section but knew it was real and I’d been looking at dead bodies and loads of skeletons in coffins etc. Doesn’t smell which was good however my partner had a touch of wind which may have confused others walking near us 👍🏼
Written August 10, 2020
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Fexaras
Athens, Greece47 contributions
A very rare sight that you shouldn't miss!
Aug 2020 • Friends
If you are in Palermo for more and 1 day then just go to the center train station, take the 109 and interchange in Plazza Indipenza with 823 for 5 stops, pay just 3€ and let yourself go back in time while visiting this Catacombe. It has a huge amount of Cappuccini in a quite "live" presentation. The atmosphere is a bit heavy but it's the most interactive method to learn about their history. Despite the-not so attractive sight-it's worth visiting!
Written August 7, 2020
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amiramerhie
Genoa, Italy263 contributions
Very interesting
Jul 2020 • Friends
Entrance ticket costs 3€. The catacombs are 20/25 minutes walking distance from Palazzo Reale/Norman Palace. We spent there about half an hour. Very interesting! Definitely worth visiting.
Written July 26, 2020
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Carlvanloey
Edegem, Belgium420 contributions
A long walk from the cathedral
Jul 2020 • Couples
This place looks nearby the old town, but during a sunny afternoon in July it is a long walk!
Not sure if it is worth the effort. If you are short in time, skip it.
We took a taxi back to the 4 Canti for about 15euro
Written July 14, 2020
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Ryszard L
Sydney, Australia326 contributions
Not for thanatophobes.
May 2019
Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take pictures which is a bit of a let-down. It's quite eerie and first impressions are a bit confronting. The macabre spectacle afforded by the sight of the dead, all lined up in their suits and dresses, can be quite unnerving. The stories behind some of the deceased are quite interesting, sometimes bizarre. The one about Antonio Prestigiacomo, who stands upright in a niche all his own, leaning forward slightly, is of particular interest. He was given special treatment which kept his eyes open. This is because, in life, he was a bit of a ladies' man, so they mummified him with his eyes open so he could still look at the women passing by. The most touching one here is the little girl, Rosalia Lombardo, who was born in 1918 but died when she was two. She looks like she's only sleeping. It's quite disconcerting! Stories have been circulating that the little girl's eyes have been seen to open and close but I wasn't hanging around to see for myself! As for taking pictures - when I visited the Capuchin Crypt off Via Veneto in Rome there was a sign which advised you not to take pictures, I was naughty and did - not one picture came out, so I didn't bother here.
Written April 30, 2020
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