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“This is a real adventure”

Cimitero delle Fontanelle
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Fontanelle Cemetery and Sanità District Private Tour
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Private Tour: Naples Walking Tour with Typical Lunch
Ranked #21 of 502 things to do in Naples
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Sammamish, Washington
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43 reviews
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“This is a real adventure”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Worth the trip to the Cimitero. Not an easy place to find but once arrived I was in total shock. The amount of history is unbelievable. The skeletons are keep in decent shape and the establishment was interesting to visit. This entire area is built on Catacombs and tunnels leading somewhere. I enjoyed the visit

Visited July 2013
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Naples, Italy
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“Hard to find - Unlike anything else I have seen”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Finding this cemetery is an adventure in of itself. The signage is terrible (and seems to deliberately lead you away from the location) Fortunately the locals in the area were incredibly helpful. We stopped no less than 4 times to ask for directions when we ended up losing track of the signs. This is a site that you need to either be with someone familiar with the area or have the patience and sense of humor to persevere until you locate it. When you finally do get to the location, it is just a small metal door that when opened (as it was when we walked past) covers the sign that tells you that you have reached the cemetery.

The atmosphere inside of the cave is indescribable. It is truly unlike any other place I have been. Thousands and thousands of skulls and bones line the entire cave. We were the only tourists there at the time and as you walk further and further into the caverns it will fascinate you and probably creep you out a bit too. Admission is free and while the "guard" at the entrance didn't speak any English, he was incredibly friendly and tried to give us some idea of what it is we were seeing.
This is a truly unique and one of a kind place and locating it and touring it will be a memory you will never forget.

Visited March 2014
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enjoy the silence”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Fontanelle cemetery is one of the places you will never forget. This huge ossuary with thousands of bones, stacked, lying in small stone crypts, wooden or even cardboard boxes, dark chapels and headless statue in one of them leaves one speechless. Once you walk into the cave, you are surrounded by the bones of victims of the plague of 1656, cholera of 1837 and just poor people who could not afford to be buried in a cemetery within the city. A cult of devotion to the dead dating back to the 19th century is still alive here, one can see children toys and pictures lying next to the children skeleton in one of the alleys or metro tickets and coins left next to one or another skull.
These fascinating caves let you enjoy a moment of silence and some rest from the noisy streets of Naples, showing you a hidden side of this city, hidden but worth seeing and walking for half an hour through the picturesque and poor neighborhood of Materdei

Visited January 2014
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157 reviews
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“it leaves you speechless”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Not very easy to reach, yet the view you are granted with when you enter this huge place is shocking and rewards you of the walk to get here. Definitely unconventional and unexpected, it shows you a side of Naples and of people that you will want to see.
Best to visit it on the way back from Catacombe di San Gennaro - if you get out of the Catacombe via the hospital you can reach the Cimitero delle Fontanelle with a 15-20' walk.

Visited January 2014
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Lachen, Schweiz
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“Scary, very macabre place”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

At the very top of the city lies this creepy place (our taxi driver said this is mafia land). Anyway, it is one of the most remerbable sights of Napoli, thousands and thousands of skulls in a man-made cave system. Worthwile the visit, even with (older) kids.

Visited May 2013
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