Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.
August 1982, Herculaneum, Italy --- Jeweled gold rings still encircle the finger of a partially excavated skeleton at Herculaneum (Ercolano), Italy. Herculaneum, like its neighbor city Pompeii, was buried by material from the sudden eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79
3D reconstruction of the position of the "Lovers of Valdaro", two fossilized skeletons (a man and a woman) dating back to 6000 years ago, discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in S.Giorgio near Mantova, Italy, in 2007.
Cast of the body of a person killed in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in southern Italy by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In the first century AD Pompeii was a flourishing coastal resort populated by wealthy Romans. It was decimated in AD 79 by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius that covered the city in wet ashes and cinders. Many of the victims and buildings were well preserved and have been revealed by a series of excavations.
Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in an eternal embrace and buried outside Mantua, Italy, just 25 miles south of Verona, the city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet...True Love ❤️