Rosalia Lombardo was an Italian child born in 1918 in Palermo, Sicily. She died of pneumonia on December 6, 1920. Rosalia’s father, General Lombardo, was sorely grieved upon her death, so he approached Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her. Her body was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.
Changes in temperature within the catacombs have resulted in a unsettling phenomenon with Rosalia’s tiny body. As the temperature fluctuates, the mummies eyes will partially open, revealing her intact eyes underneath.