Fontanelle Cemetery and Sanità District

Entrance Cemetery of Fontanelle Napoli

A two hour walking tour to explore Sanità district of Naples with its churches, beautiful architecture, tradition and folklore, then a visit to the Fontanelle Cemetery.
The Fontanelle cemetery in Naples is a charnel house, an ossuary, located in a cave in the turf hillside in the Materdei section of the city. It is associated with a chapter in the folklore of the city. By the time the Spanish moved into the city in the early 16th century, there was already concern over where to locate cemeteries, and moves had been taken to locate graves outside of the city walls.

Many Neapolitans, however, insisted on being interred in their local churches. To make space in the churches for the newly interred, undertakers started removing earlier remains outside the city to the cave, the future Fontanelle cemetery. The remains were interred shallowly and then joined in 1656 by thousands of anonymous corpses, victims of the great plague of that year.

Discover these unusual sites of Naples with a private guide.

Visit cemetery of Fontanelle

Notes on tour

Price per person

€ 40 Adult ; € 20 teen ( 6 y to 15 y )


2 hours approx.

Departure point

Porta San Gennaro ( piazza Cavour)

Return Detail

The tour terminates outside the Fontanelle Cemetery but the guide can lead you back to the departure point


English, French, German, Spanish

Pick-up included?

On request. We can offer with an extra charge

Cancellation policy

50% refund up to 7 days prior


All year after check exclued 1st January and 25th December

Main Point of Interest

Porta San Gennaro

Cimitero delle Fontanelle

Borgo dei Vergini

Rione Sanità

Palazzo dello Spagnolo

Chiesa Santa Maria della Sanità

Palazzo San Felice

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