The Catacombs of Palermo

Happy Halloween! The Catacombe dei Cappuccini in Palermo offers visitors with a taste for the macabre something remarkable. Actually a semi-underground cemetery, it publicly displays the remains of about 8000 people who were embalmed by the Cappuccini monks using a preservation process that was practiced by many monasteries. The process entailed, after removing the internal…

What To Do in Palermo When You’re Dead

And now for something really strange–and not recommended for children–is a visit to the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, or Capuchin Catacombs, of Palermo. This series of underground corridors houses approximately 8,000 mummified bodies and skeletons of Palermitani of all ages who died between the late 16th century and early 20th century. The “inhabitants” are separated by…