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Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco

Via Dei Tribunali 39, 80138, Naples, Italy
+39 081 298791
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Not worth it

This is our fifth day in Naples, and this is the only place we visited that I wish we had skipped... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
Chicago, Illinois
Worth a visit

Tours only, can't do it yourself. The tours are in Italian only but you are given a sheet with some... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Ashley S
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Via Dei Tribunali 39, 80138, Naples, Italy
+39 081 298791
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This is our fifth day in Naples, and this is the only place we visited that I wish we had skipped. In order to see the good stuff (i.e., the lower church, with the skulls, etc.), you have to pay for and take the guided...More

Thank dennisfr
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Tours only, can't do it yourself. The tours are in Italian only but you are given a sheet with some information if you don't speak Italian. Entry is €4 each and you'll roughly spend 15minutes down there. It's weird and unique and for that reason...More

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Very interesting church with a very interesting past. Well worth the hour you will spend in here. We did not have a guide in English but thy do offer a sheet of paper that gives you an idea what was going on.

Thank HowieEmbry
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

One of the many churches in Naples you would think. Until you see the skulls on the metal fence and enter the church. It was the centre of a morbid cult in which followers adopted skulls and prayed for their souls. A guided tour (only...More

1  Thank ZombieFungus2014
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Standard Italian church like so many, but an odd twist. The sect that worship there have a peculiar practice of "looking after" skulls of the dead, forging a link between this life and the afterlife. Bit like Marmite - you like it or you don't.

Thank sleepybexhill
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Ya gotta see it to believe it...truly fits in with all the fantasy, myth and ghost culture theta surrounds Napoli!

Thank Marlene Z
Reviewed 21 October 2015

The guided tour was available in English and was well worth the small fee, to see the basement below the church and what's behind the alter. Look for the brass skulls as you walk through old town.

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 30 August 2015

We found this small church by coincidence, when we were just visiting the key sites at historic centre. It does not appear in standard touristic guides of Napoli but for us it was really a surprise. We took the guided tour in Italian with another...More

Thank paquita373
Reviewed 20 July 2015

I was recommended this church by a hostel buddy. It was good, very different to other churches (as you can read in the other comments). I was a little let down. The tour (which cost €3 so it's not that big of a problem) was...More

Thank Benji A
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Very interesting. 2 floors to the church. Have to pay for the tour to see the lower and more interesting purgatory level. Was 4 euros each, but well worth it. Very interesting and something i haven't seen before!

Thank Nick G
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How do you get downstairs? Is the entrance behind the altar or somewhere else?
13 November 2015|
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Response from paquita373 | Reviewed this property |
Behind the information desk. You have to pay a ticket fee to get there. It is a guided tour. I think it only costs 5€. It is worth it! The guide had a degree in history of art and the explanation he gave us was great. He... More