The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy

Ferentillo's mummies were originated from a completely natural phenomenon

Below the Church of Santo Stefano in the peaceful landscape of Ferentillo, southern Umbria, were buried bodies preserved by a rare microfungus that attacked corpses and turned them into mummies.

The Church was built in 15th century above an older church used as burial ground from 16th to 19th century.

Ferentillo’s mummies were originated from a completely natural phenomenon.

The presence in the cemetery excavated in the rock of microorganisms together with the particular ventilation of the premises have prevented the putrefaction of corpses.

For this reason in 1871 a Napoleonic edict forbade the inhabitants to be buried here.

Some of the mummies still have beards, teeth and hairs.

Some of them are elderly people, a napoleonic soldier, a murder, a victim, a mother with her child, two birds, the hunchback Severino and even two Chinese lovers pilgrims who died during their travel in Italy for cholera.

Images of the mummies of Ferentillo

Photos: Musei Terni , dr. Labude

Article originally published on Feb 13, 2013. Updated Mar 20, 2019

Subscribe to our newsletter

Join Weird Italy, Guide to Places and People in Italy

Weird Italy 35d34cee42cbb06848a4b6ac844a4ae7?s=116&d=mm&r=g The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies
WeirdItaly
Lifestyle weblog about everything that happens in Italy: photography, places, people, fashion, Italian movies and books, news and much more
28FansLike
1,173FollowersFollow
307SubscribersSubscribe
Weird Italy mostri The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

Gardens of Bomarzo, Arcane Park of the Monsters

0
The Park of the Monsters (or Garden of Bomarzo), created in the 16th century, is an arcane monumental complex located in Bomarzo, Viterbo, in...
Weird Italy dante-title The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

42 astonishing Dante’s Inferno illustrations by Gustave Doré

0
Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was a French artist, illustrator and sculptor. In Italy, he gained endless fame because of his beautiful illustrations of Dante’s Divina Commedia. The...
Weird Italy 6-324x160 The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

Piazza Fontana Massacre: Exhibition remembers the victims

0
Seventeen photographs and seventeen poems in memory of the victims of the Piazza Fontana Bombing, a terrorist attack occurred on 12 December 1969 when...
Weird Italy majella-nature-reserve The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

Biggest wildlife sanctuary in Italy: Majella National Park

0
Maiella (or Majella) National Park (Chieti, L'Aquila, Abruzzo) is a mountain nature reserve centered around the Maiella calcareous massif. Highest peak is Monte Amaro (2,793...
Weird Italy Giovanni_Leonardo_Di_Bona-Mussini The Creepy mummies of Ferentillo in Italy Italian History Magazine What to see in Italy  Umbria pilgrims mummies microfungus ferentillo mummies Church of Santo Stefano burial ground bodies

Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona, the first International Master champion in the...

0
Giovanni Leonardo, known as Il Puttino (Small Child), was born in Cutro, Calabria. Giovanni Leonardo di Bona won the first known international master tournament...

The Maestro of Cinema: A Yearlong Celebration of Federico Fellini

January 20, 2020 would have been Federico Fellini's 100th birthday, so Incanto Productions & Favale Media are using the milestone...

Mobility And Innovation: The Deployment Of The ‘Olli’ Self-Driving Shuttle Starts In Turin

Olli, a self-driving, electric, 3D-printed shuttle, is an innovative product developed for urban mobility and designed with particular attention to accessibility...

Festival of Italian and British Supercars Brings International Flair to 2020 NAIAS

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced the addition of Motor Bella Presented by PNC Bank – a European supercar...

Federprivacy: 2019 Fines Were More Than €400 Million in Europe Because of Data Protection...

2019 Data Protection Violations Fines. Last year, the data protection authorities in EEA imposed 190 fines...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close