Itinerary B

[1]The refrigerium: feeding the dead

Through the underground tunnels it is possible to find some tombs with a unique appearance, covered by slabs with three holes on the surface.
You can immediately sense the sacral power and beauty of an ancient rite: the refrigerium, literally meaning “refreshment”, i.e. the funeral banquet ceremony intended to “nourish” the soul of the deceased and promote passage to eternal life.
During the banquet, the living consoled the dead by pouring wine, milk and honey through holes made in the slab.
The refrigerium was a wish to participate in the heavenly banquet and took place during the mourning period (the third, seventh, ninth, thirtieth and fortieth day after the death of the deceased).