Private Guided Tour of Naples Catacombs Fontanelle Cemetery & Sanità Quarter

The Mater Dei district houses one of the city's jewels of the city, the Fontanelle Cemetery, which was carved out of a natural tufa cave just outside the walls of the Greco-Roman city.

The cave was used as a cemetery when in 1656 a severe plague raged in the city making numerous victims, and the bodies continued to be stored during other epidemics during the following centuries.

During the last century the bones preserved here have been the subject of a widespread rite among the Neapolitan people, that of the "pezzentelle souls" (poor souls). People adopted a skull of which they did not know the story and took care of it, hoping that this could help him with graces and intercessions and that, in a dream, reveal his story to him.

The guide will tell you in detail this tradition and why the Neapolitan people is so fond of this place, as well as the legends that hide behind some of the skulls preserved here.

The Sanità district offers much more with its baroque churches and buildings.

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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Private tour
    • Entry/Admission - Cimitero delle Fontanelle
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Stop At: Cimitero delle Fontanelle, Via Fontanelle 80, 80136, Naples Italy

    The Fontanelle Cemetery is located in the heart of the Rione Sanità, between Via Foria and the Capodimonte hill, and is one of the most evocative places in Naples. In this place, which contains over 40,000 bones, one can understand the relationship that the Neapolitans have with religion, death, the dead and luck.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rione Sanita, Quartiere Stella, Naples Italy

    The Rione Sanità, located at the foot of the Capodimonte hill, is undoubtedly one of the most colorful and lively popular neighborhoods of the historic center of Naples. The district is a concentration of wonders and works of art such as churches of the 18th century, Greek hypogeums and Roman constructions, noble palaces.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Santa Maria della Sanita, Piazza della Sanita' 14 Piazza Fra Via Sanità e Via Teresa degli Scalzi, 80136, Naples Italy

    The Basilica of Santa Maria alla Sanità is one of the many examples of Baroque art that found its greatest splendor in the Campania capital in the 17th century. The building has a Greek cross plan and a raised presbytery that incorporates the previous early Christian basilica, which leads to the catacombs of San Gaudioso, a Neapolitan cemetery area dating back to the 4th or 5th century BC. C., today lost in part.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Palazzo dello Spagnolo, Via Vergini, 19, Naples Italy

    Created by one of the most famous architects of Naples, Ferdinando Sanfelice, it has been chosen on several occasions as a setting for films given its particular characteristic in the facade, with a staircase that makes it unique. The palace is so called because among its owners there was Tommaso Atienza called "the Spanish".

  • Departure Point :
    Materdei, Napoli NA, Italy
    Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Naples Piazza Cavour Station, 80137 Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Raphael Tours Naples

Activity ID: V-107426P9

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