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Fontanelle Cemetery and Sanità District

Cimitero delle Fontanelle Cimitero delle Fontanelle

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.

Additional Info

  • Price per person: € 40 ; Discount on groups of 4 or more people
  • Duration: 2 hours approx.
  • Departure point: Porta San Gennaro ( piazza Cavour)
  • Return details:

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

  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Pick-up included?: On request. We can offer with an extra charge
  • Cancellation: 50% refund up to 5 days prior
  • Available: All year after check
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