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Mummies in Venzone

At the foot of the Carnian Alps lies the medieval-walled town of Venzone. Stark, gray stone buildings and cobbled streets blend with the surrounding rugged mountains to give the town an otherworldly sort of charm. What makes Venzone even more unique is its mummy exhibit housed in the 13th-century Cappella Cimiteriale di San Michele. This tiny, round crypt displays five bodies that were mummified by a rare parasitic mold. The oldest—named Gobbo, meaning “hunchback”—was discovered in 1647. Tokens to enter the exhibit may be purchased at the bar across the street.

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