Off the Beaten Path: The Darker Side of Italy

Originally published on February 4, 2014, at

Sick of the same old tourist traps? Tempted to indulge in guilty pleasures and morbid curiosities?

In Rome on the Via Veneto, the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini sits atop Capuchin Crypt. Although the Capuchin friars maintain a quaint cathedral above, the stairs lead down to macabre constructions of human femurs and jawbones nailed to the ceiling in elaborate patterns.

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