Italy

Capuchin catacomb’s Sleeping Beauty

December 6, 1920 Palermo, Sicily, Italy Rosalia Lombardo dies of pneumonia a week before her 2nd birthday and leaves behind a well preserved body that is said to open its eyes Rosalia's father, so grief-stricken by her death, hired a notable embalmer to preserve the toddler's body. Her body was placed in a glass coffin… Continue reading Capuchin catacomb’s Sleeping Beauty

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Composer murders wife, her lover, his infant son, and nanny in jealousy (1590)

October 16, 1590 Naples, Italy Composer Carlos Gesualdo kills his wife, her lover, his infant son, and a nanny in jealous revenge After fathering several children, Gesualdo apparently lost interest in sex but his wife did not. She took a paramour and Gesualdo, wanting to catch the two in the act, pretended to leave to… Continue reading Composer murders wife, her lover, his infant son, and nanny in jealousy (1590)

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Family executed for murdering abusive family patriarch

September 11, 1599 Rome, Italy Beatrice Cenci (21) along with her stepmother and brother, are executed for the murder of Beatrice's father, Francesco Cenci Francesco had long abused his family, beating and mistreating his wife and sons and sexually abused Beatrice. Beatrice had gone to authorities to report the abuse, but her protests fell on… Continue reading Family executed for murdering abusive family patriarch

Disasters · Italy

The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum 

August 24, 79 AD (traditional date)  Italy  Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum The Romans living near the volcano assumed it was dormant; the last recorded major eruption had occurred around 1800 BC. The areas close to the base of the mountain (close being a relative term; Pompeii was approximately 5… Continue reading The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum