The Fontanelle cemetery at Sanità
Il cemetery of the Fontanelle It dates back to the 16th century and is located in the center of Naples. It was called that way, then, by the presence of sources of water.
Dug inside the tuffaceous stone, the peculiarity that characterizes it is the presence of thousands of bones belonging to victims of pestilence, famine, revolts and eruptions, accumulated by salmatari inside the ancient ossuary that is developed for well 3000 square meters. The cemetery welcomes 40.000 remains (bones, skulls, skeletons) of people, victims of the great plague of 1656 and cholera of 1836.
According to tradition in this sacred place was the cult of "pezzentelle souls", which consisted in the adoption in exchange of protection of a skull (the "capuzzella") to which corresponded an abandoned soul (and for this called "pezzentella").
Information on the Fontanelle Cemetery
- The site is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00
- Free entry (pay only for guided tours)
- Every Saturday and Sunday morning (10: 00 hours) there will be a public guided tour starting from Porta San Gennaro (Piazza Cavour)
- For private guided tours consult the Official site
Via Fontanelle, 80 - 80136 Naples
How to get
Metro Line 1, Materdei station, take the C51 bus and get off at the via Fontanelle stop
Tel: 081 19703197
Cemetery of the Fontanelle in NaplesThe Fontanelle cemetery dates back to the 16th century and is located in the center of Naples. It was therefore called, then, for the presence of water sources.
Hours for visitors (updated to 19 July 2018):
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Admission for visitors is free.