Duration: Half day
Location: Naples
Language: English. Other languages on request.
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The Fontanelle Cemetery

The Fontanelle Cemetery (in Neapolitan ‘O campusanto d’ ‘e Funtanelle) is an ancient cemetery of Naples, located in Fontanelle St., in the Sanità neighbourhood, one of the oldest districts of the city. His name is because of the presence of natural water sources in remote times. The cemetery hosts the remains of 40,000 people, victims of two big pestilences in 1656 and 1836.

It’s a really special graveyard that reveals the unique, unusual, very close relationship of the Neapolitan people with the Death, where sacred and profane, magic and religion hold together to create a popular cult: it consists in the adoption and the loving care of a skull (called “capuzzella”), which represents the abandoned soul “pezzentella” (poor unfortunate) in return for protection.

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