Capuchin Catacombs

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  • Capuchin Catacombs and Monreale Cathedral Private Tour

    1. Capuchin Catacombs and Monreale Cathedral Private Tour

    Explore the ghoulish remains of friars and luminaries at Palermo’s Capuchin Catacombs on a 3-hour sightseeing tour. Wander along dank corridors through a vast human library of mummified bodies. Inaugurated in 1599, when Capuchin monks discovered that their catacombs contained a mysterious preservative that could mummify the dead, the goal of the site is to reflect on the fragility of life and consider the pettiness of worldly goods. Some 8,000 bodies of men and women were ultimately buried in the catacombs, including the mummy of friar Silvestro of Gubbio, the first body to be buried in the catacombs. The corpses are divided into categories, such as friars, virgins, and professors, and often recognizable by their decaying clothing. As you walk through the corridors, you will see ghastly bodies that include the mummified corpse of the painter Velazquez. Emerge from the gruesome catacom...

    We took a private guided-tour with Patrizia, who was very pleasant and highly professional. We enjoyed the tour tremendously. We highly recommend it.

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What people are saying about Capuchin Catacombs

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Outstanding tour most memorable dinner to complete the day

Patricia was a splendid guide, knowledgeable understanding and a great communicator. In encouraging our interaction and meeting our interests we could learn so much more about Palermo, Sicilian culture and lifestyle in addition to the history before our eyes. The home cooked meal allowed us to share recipes, techniques and cooking preferences in congenial surroundings. A cooking lesson in her studio apartment kitchen would be a wonderful experience and greatly to be recommended. Its position amid a maze of dark and narrow lanes allowed it to stand out as a true centre of good taste and impressive hospitality.

More than I expected!

Our guide had a surprise activity for us following our tour that was welcome and COMPLETELY unexpected. What a fantastic day! Thank you Maria Louisa for letting us experience the culture of your city with you.

Excellent tour, our guide Patrizia was brilliant.

Great tour, the Catacombs were amazing and Montreale Cathedral was magnificent. Our guide Patrizia was very good and at the end of the tour prepared a terrific meal for us. I recommend this tour.

We took a private guided-tour with Patrizia, who was very pleasant and highly professional. We enjoyed the tour tremendously. We highly recommend it.

Interesting tour, but bound by the closing times of the monuments.

Patrizia, nice and helpful guide, above all an excellent cook. !!