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The Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples

Cemetery of the Fontanelle

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

Opening time

  • The site is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00

price tickets

  • 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

Address

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

Contacts

Tel: 081 19703197

Official site of the Fontanelle Cemetery

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Cemetery of the Fontanelle in Naples

The 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.
Address: Via Fontanelle, 80
City: Naples
Region: Campania
Country: Italy
Phone: 081 19703197
Coordinates: 40.8586693,14.2387301
Hours for visitors (updated to 19 July 2018):
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Official Website:
Admission for visitors is free.

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