Vincenzo Natoli
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Vincenzo Natoli
Age 80
Sex Male
Status Judge and Advisor to King
Height Unknown
Culture Italian
Date(s) 1690-1770
Site Catacombe dei Cappuccini
Current Location
Location Palermo, Sicily
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Vincenzo Natoli was born in 1690 in Sant'Angelo di Brolo. He was a very wealthy and respected man, first becoming a judge in the grand criminal court (Gran Corte Criminale) of Palermo and then an advisor to the king of Naples in 1751. He was a husband to both Angela Piola and Maria Sieripopoli in 1748, as well as a father to his son Artale Natoli, whom he outlived.


Vincenzo Natoli was buried in the Catacombe dei Cappuccini. This burial ground was initially only intended for friars, however eventually being buried here became coveted by those with great wealth in their lifetimes. The process of embalming included formalin for sterilization of bacteria, alcohol to dry out the body, glycerin to keep the body from overdrying, salicylic acid to kill fungi, and most importantly, zinc salts (zinc sulfate and zinc chloride) to give the body rigidity.


Vincenzo died at the age of 80 for unknown reasons.


The Catacombe dei Cappuccini is a very popular tourist destination. It holds around around 8000 corpses and 1252 mummies. The last person to be embalmed and buried there was Rosalia Lombardo in 1920.

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