Duration: 3 hours
Starting time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting point: Fontanelle Cemetery
Discover one of the oldest and richest neighborhoods of Naples, full of history, mysteries and tradition. The tour will start right from the heart of the Rione Sanità and will continue between the Fontanelle Cemetery and the Neapolitan baroque palaces like Palazzo San Felice and Palazzo dello Spagnolo.
The tour will begin from the Fontanelle Cemetery, built in an ancient tuff quarry and in which, still today it is possible to learn more about the relationship between Neapolitan people and death. In this place sacred and profane coexsist, creating the cult of the” pezzentelle” souls of Purgatory. It contains over 40,000 remains of people, mostly skulls, victims of the plague and cholera epidemics of the mid-seventeenth century. At the end of 19th century it became a cult place; some believers decided to rearrange the thousands of anonymous bones, adopting a skull of an abandoned soul in return for protection.
The guided visit will continue in the Rione Sanità where you will have the opportunity to admire two masterpieces of the Neapolitan Baroque: Palazzo San Felice and Palazzo dello Spagnolo.
Before ending our tour at Porta San Gennaro, we will taste the famous sweet “fiocco di neve” in one of the most important pastry shops in Naples.
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