Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo & Monreale Cathedral Tour

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Key Details
Duration
5 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English, Italian

Pick-up service

Pick-up from accommodations in Palermo center, Palermo Port, or Palermo Train Station. If you are arriving by cruise: leave the port area and wait at the corner in front of the port by the big pharmacy at 10.00.

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What You'll Do
  • Wander the gruesome corridors of the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo
  • See the mummified remains of friars, virgins, children, and the painter Velazquez
  • Learn about the mysterious preservative that could mummify the dead
  • See the mummy of the young girl Rosalia Lombardo, who died in 1920 and was the last person to be buried in the catacombs
  • Visit the 12th-century cathedral of Monreale, one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the world
  • Stroll around the beautiful gardens of the Benedictine Cloisters, admiring the delicate arches and marble columns
  • Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch, prepared by chef Donna Patricia, served in a charming and historic private location.
Overview
Discover the gruesome burial chambers of the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, filled with the mummified bodies of friars and local luminaries. Continue to the exquisite 12th-century Norman cathedral of Monreale. Enjoy a typical meal prepared just for you.
What to Expect
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 catacombs and travel to Monreale, 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Palermo. Here you will swap corpses for gold and marble as you visit the 12th-century Arab-Norman Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the world.

End your tour at the Benedictine Cloister, completed at the turn of the 13th century. Wander around the beautiful garden, surrounded by delicate arches and white marble columns.
What's Included
  • Pick-up by private car in the Palermo location of your choice
  • Entry to the Catacombs of Capuchins, Monreale Cathedral, and the Cloister of Monreale
What's Not Included
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (available on request and for an extra fee)
  • Entry to the Catacombs of Capuchins, Monreale Cathedral, and the Cloister of Monreale
  • Pick up at the hotel on request and paid by an extra fee
Meeting Point

For those already in the city center, the meeting point is at Piazza Roger VII (at the entrance to the Politeama Theater) (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants
• A different schedule is possible on request

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