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  • Where the Deads don't sleep... (it's not a list but tips for your next trip) If you are fascinating from obscure places surely come to Sicily where you can visit Catacombe dei Cappuccini in Palermo. There you can find 8000 mummies dining the walls, all dressed with their precious clothes.  The mummies are positionated according to profession. You can find rooms for lawyer, doctors, clergy, women or babies.The oldest corps in the crypt is the body of a friar named Silvestro da Gubbio who died in 1599. But the most important curious fact is about a baby girl and her mummification process.  The Baby girl was Rosalia Lombardo.  She died  in 1920 when she was only 2 years old and she was defined the Baby sleeping beauty because her state of the body was in perfect condition. The imbalsamication process  would take 1 year more or less. First step was draining all the liquids from the body and treating it with a chemical cocktail of formalin, alcohol, glycerin, salicylic acid and zinc salts.  If you want to know more, attached the link of a National Geographic https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yDpNv3DhQJ8
  • Sicily Must Sees The triangle-shaped island on the Mediterranean Sea is not remarkable only for food, culture, and beaches. Here is a list of my favorite places that are still quite undiscovered and unexplored. #seekerchallenge

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