Not far from the historic center of Naples is one of the most fascinating places in the city, it is the Fontanelle Cemetery.
The cemetery was built inside an ancient tuff quarry when in 1656, because of the Plague, the bones of a large part of the Neapolitan population were thrown away, which could not resist the serious epidemic. Over the years many others were added, leading to the birth of the cult of "pezzentelle souls", to whom the people turned to obtain graces and interecessions.
To accompany you there will be a guide who will tell you the legends that hover around the characters guarded in the cave.
After this mystical experience you can take a walk to the Sanità district, whose name derives from the ancient belief that the area was rich in natural and supernatural "salubritas".
You will walk through the crowded alleys of the neighborhood and staying in contact with the Neapolitan people, going to the discovery of one of the most beautiful and hidden corners of the city.
Because of these characteristics, the centuries-old relationship between man and death is still strong and tangible, as evidenced by places of unique charm such as the Fontanelle Cemetery. Walking through the Rione Sanità, one cannot help but be overwhelmed by its sounds and the voices of the market, the scents of ancient patisseries like Poppella and its artistic and architectural beauties such as the Spagnuolo palace, also chosen by the director Jhon Turturro for a scene from his film "Passione", as well as a place dedicated to a museum dedicated to the prince of laughter, Totò.
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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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