Italy’s most ghoulish site, Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo. 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.
Santa Caterina, Palermo, Italy. Construction on the church began in 1566, but the interior decoration dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, when Baroque was at its height, and the Catholic church was encouraging intricate detail and emotional themes. The interior of the church is visually overwhelming. Richly colored frescoes spill out across the ceiling.