The small eighteenth-century church of Maria Santissima del Carmine stands at the end of the Via Fontanelle, where the urban landscape assumes a rural aspect. Access to the delle Fontanelle ossuary is via this church. Fron ancient times, tufa was excavated from the Materdei hills in order to make way for the caves which came to be used as the city's ossuary. Any visitor to the ossuary, as they walk around the trapezoidal ground at twilight when beams of light fall upon the innumerable human skulls and bones which, when laid out look like some kind of macabre architectural decoration.
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries