Naples: Private Cimitero delle Fontanelle & Mater Dei Tour

Naples: Private Cimitero delle Fontanelle & Mater Dei Tour

From $303.72 per group up to 1

Come and visit one of the most particular neighbourhoods of Naples with a local guide. You will get in touch with the local traditions and belief system, deepening your understanding of the peculiar character of Neapolitan Culture.

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Duration 2.5 hours
Starting times 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM
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  • Be impressed by the great cemetery bones collection
  • Enjoy a pleasant walk in one of the most famous districts of Naples
  • Listen to the beautiful, amazing and funny stories of the 'Skulls Adoption' movement
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The Mater Dei neighborhood is set in between the Vomero Hill and the lower part of Naples, and it is here that the Cimitero delle Fontanelle – also known as ‘e Funtanelle' - has found its place. This cemetery has been set into a natural tufo cave, right outside the walls of the ancient Greek Roman city. First used in 1656 to collect the corpses of the victims of the deceased from plague and famine. During the centuries, it has actually been recognized as the perfect spot to hide and cover corpses and even to make people disappear, making them officially mass graves. Only in 1872 was the structure of the cemetery then organized, the skulls and bones cleaned and gates opened to the public. Your guide will explain to you in detail the traditional belief of the “anime pezzentelle” and why Neapolitan people are so related to them – not even mentioning the legends linked to some of the skulls kept in the cave. And after listening to these stories, the idea of adopting a skull will seriously tickle your fancy. After visiting the amazing Fontanelle, your guide will lead you into the Rione Sanità, whose name comes from the ancient belief that the area was rich of natural and supernatural salubritas. Set right outside the walls of the ancient polis, many Greek ipogeos and paleo-Christian catacombs have been excavated in the area. For example, the famous San Gaudioso catacombs belong to this area. In the late 17th century, it was supposed to become one of the noblest neighborhoods of Naples, but during the centuries it has then become more a popular district, where you can actually get in touch with 'real Naples.' This off the beaten track journey of the historical center will bring you to discover one of the most beautiful and hidden sides of the city.
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Admission tickets
  • Lunch/ drinks
  • Pick-up/ drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Outside the Metro Station Mater Dei.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The cemetery is set in a tufo cave, so the temperature is cooler than outside
  • It is better to visit the cemetery in the morning, so that you can enjoy them with the sunlight
  • In case of rain, the cemetery will be closed
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