Top 6 Secrets of Naples
The city of Naples is as mysterious as it is exciting and energetic, but you’re unlikely to uncover its secrets on your first trip. If you want to discover some of the more unusual aspects of the city, you can visit places that reveal an obsession with fear and superstition, as well as love and incredible generosity. On your next trip to Naples, check out some of these secrets of the city.
Signs of the Times
Catholics thought that the victims’ souls would be trapped in purgatory. Locals formed a cult known as anime pezzentelle (abandoned souls) and they cleaned, cared and prayed for the bones. In 1969, the Archbishop of Naples banned the care of the bones practice and the cemetery closed that year. The cemetery reopened in 2010.
Jan Fuscoe is a London-based writer and editor who has written extensively about Naples and the Amalfi Coast. She wrote the Time Out Guide, Italy: Perfect Places.