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“For hard stomachs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cimitero delle Fontanelle

Cimitero delle Fontanelle
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Fontanelle Cemetery and Sanità District Private Tour
Ranked #18 of 489 things to do in Naples
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The Netherlands
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“For hard stomachs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

There is no guide or signs of what you see, so just get some information before you go. It was the strangest place I've been to

Visited April 2014
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Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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“Astonishing, your imagination will run riot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We visited this on the way back into the town centre from the Catacombs of San Gennario and after getting brilliant pizza from the Cantina del Gallo, which is conveniently on the way. It's not that hard to find, just keep walking along the via Fontanelle for 20 mins or so; locals will point you in the right way if you get lost. Entrance was free.

Everywhere you look there are surreal, touching, morbid and beautiful sights. Basically it's a lot of bones stacked up and skulls arranged mostly in boxes, with a few whole skeletons. What makes it special is the offerings placed on and by them; a pile of skulls with bead necklaces carefully put on each, or a child's coffin with little dolls, flowers and drawings on it. Lots of people leave simple tokens like tube tickets. There's a chapel with a very strange nativity scene; when we were there a blackbird was singing and that echoed throughout the chamber. You'll never look at cemeteries in the same way again.

Visited April 2014
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Princeton, New Jersey
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43 attraction reviews
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“Mandatory for the morbidly inclined”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

One might argue that I have an unhealthy obsession with death, but this place exceeded my expectations, and I have visited a few bone chapels in other countries. The history is fascinating (the place was shut down by the Catholic Church after the locals took to "adopting" the remains) and the ambiance is eerie but touching. When we went there was virtually no one there, and there was no admission fee, although I believe there is usually a modest charge.
Tip: the cemetery is probably best visited after a tour of the catacombs. Ask your tour guide how to get to the cemetery, and it shouldn't be as confusing as others have described. Your walk will take you through the La Sanita district, which is very interesting in its own right.

Visited March 2014
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Sammamish, Washington
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“This is a real adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles 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”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank Megan M
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