With the help of Renzo Piano, Naples' Fontanelle Cemetery becomes a museum

The famous cemetery is set to become one of the centers of the wide urban redevelopment project involving the Rione Sanità district, a crucial project for the Italian city.

The City of Naples will restructure the Fontanelle Cemetery, putting it at the center of a larger project of recovery and redevelopment of the Rione Sanità district, which already started some years ago. The cemetery of the “anime pezzentelle” (“miserable souls”) – in which the famous “capuzzelle” (“small heads” in Neapolitan language), a legacy of the ancient cult of skulls, are located – will be transformed into a museum run by private individuals.

The external access areas, currently in a state of decay and abandonment, have been redesigned by the team of architects of Renzo Piano, the young G124 group. The project is a gift that Renzo Piano has made to the city. With the tourist boom which Naples is experiencing, the mayor – Gaetano Manfredi – is convinced that the Rione Sanità district will become one of the major attractions of the city.

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