Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Mario Lombardo begged Alfredo Salafia to make his young daughter “live forever.” Heartbroken by the death of his child Rosalia, Lombardio was forced to seek out the help of this master taxidermist to mummify her remains. The result was as eerily beautiful as it was incredibly unsettling.
Struck with a fatal respiratory infection, little Rosalia Lombardo lost her life on December 6, 1920. This, tragically, was just a week before her second birthday. All this time later, her perfectly preserved body – which is nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty” – today rests in an open casket in a famous Sicilian catacomb.