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“Wow this is a must in Naples!”

Cimitero delle Fontanelle
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Fontanelle Cemetery and Sanità District Private Tour
Ranked #19 of 498 things to do in Naples
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Grand Gorge, New York
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41 reviews
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“Wow this is a must in Naples!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

I saw the cemetery here on trip advisor and decided to go. So very glad I did. The place is a bit creepy as there are millions of bones surrounding you and skulls everywhere you look. I read a bit of the history and lore associated with it and was glad I had that knowledge while viewing. Seeing how people prayed to these poor ppl and their souls and then adopted the skull (and placed them in a small shrines engraved with sentiment. Many are engraved with prayer answered, where a person after visiting had a dream in which they understood how their prayer was answered returned to the ossuary and "felt" which soul answered their prayer, they then created a shrine for that particular skull (soul). There are many small alters to pray and even a small pulpit and pew where masses are held. There are a few statues inside. We visited the famous skulls of the captain and the sweating skull. My 7yo son found it fascinating yet was too uncomfortable to leave any offerings. I left small change here and there to the souls. There is this clothed skeleton without a head with all kinds of offerings on it that creeped me out a bit, but I was in awe of this place. I've been to Naples 2x and hadn't heard of it till trip advisor. This is a must if you are in Naples! You will be pleasantly surprised and in awe of what you see.

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“Spookily interesting”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This one wasn't in our guide book, we saw it mentioned on a television programe before leading the UK and as it was near our hotel popped in on our last day in Naples.
We were very surprised to find it was free entry and a very interesting place to look around.

Visited June 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Interesting but a little spooky!!!”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We visited this site following a visit to the Catacombs of St Gennaro in Capodimonte. The guide at the catacombs told us that all the bodie/boness had been taken to the Fontanella Cemetary. We visited this a few days later and found it a very interesting place albeit a bit spooky. The caverns are very large and there is plenty of space for more bones if required. A little difficult to find but our satnav did the business.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Naples Curiosity”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Easy enough to find, but had no idea how enormous these caverns would be!
Free entry, which was a surprise.
The skeletons have been placed all around the edges of the internal walls of the caverns. Some arranged in decorative piles, with leg bones under and skulls lined on top in rows.
Some skulls have been placed inside little boxes and have offerings in with them, like items of textile or jewellery.
People have left offerings at random, and some have placed coins on the heads of some of the skulls.
We would have liked to know more about the history behind the place, other than the little paragraph in our guide book.
Everything was covered in a layer of dust, and this added to the atmosphere of death, sadness and decay. It seemed abandoned, as if any living relatives of the dead had long since stopped visiting, which added to the poignancy of the place and made the numerous crucifixes dangling here and there seem quite futile.

Visited May 2014
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Long Island, New York
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“Incredibly different!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

If you've seen enough churches throughout your tour of Italy, and you've had enough (or even if you haven't), hop a cab and make your way to this bone chapel - it will broaden your perspective and humanize the dented, ugly city of Naples. Your cab driver probably won't know the way, but no worries, the locals will give him directions. Once there, you'll find out that it's free to enter, but no photos are allowed. No worries about that either, as the guy who watches the place will offer to take a picture of you at the entrance to the cemetery. This is a must do because it's so incredibly different from anything else!

Visited May 2014
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