Cimitero delle Fontanelle, Naples

#11 of 171 in Historic Sites in Naples
Cemetery · Mysterious Site
Cimitero delle Fontanelle is said to hold the remains of more than 8 million people. Many are from epidemics that ravaged the region in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The vast number of pauper graves without names led to the creation of the Cult of Abandoned Souls, which cleaned, cared for, and prayed over the bones. This practice went on for 100 years but ceased in the late 1960s. By using our Naples road trip app, you can arrange your visit to Cimitero delle Fontanelle and other attractions in Naples.
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  • The cemetery is actually a massive man made cave containing the remnants of more than 15,000 napolitains who have died throughout the centuries. It is located in a very pittoresque area of Napoli...  more »
  • Located in the Materdei section of Naples, Fontanelle cemetery contains the remains of some 40,000 persons, many victims of WWII and the plague. Free to enter, and predictably solemn, expect to...  more »
  • The Cimitero is definitely something to see. The entrance is FREE, but I would recommend leaving a TIP once you're done roaming around - €1,00 should be good & write in the notebook a short message of respect. I felt too guilty taking photographs of the Cimitero, but loads of people were, for obvious reasons - it is majestic. The ambiance is peaceful and "architecture" is overwhelmingly massive - not what I expected at all. The little trinkets scattered along the barriers from people paying their respects is a beautiful touch. I was overwhelmed with the about of skeletal remains there were - just mind blowing. Do yourself a favour and make sure to pay the Cimitero Della Fontanelle a visit when in Naples - or truly is something else.
  • Scary but the most amazing grave site I have ever seen. Totally free and well worth seeing. You havent seen anything like this beforeIf you have an hour to kill and need to get out of the sun, this place is for you. Totally free to get in you can see the remains of anonymous skeletons as old as the 1500’s. No toilets FYI.
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