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Beneath the Chapel of San Michele (Cappella di San Michele) you find 15 quite famous mummies.
They were already found in 1647 during works in the cathedral.
Venzone lies atop limestone bedrock. Groundwater in such regions is usually alkaline, an environment hostile to putrefaction. During floods, alkaline waters likely seeped through dirt floors in tombs 1 to 10, preserving the cadavers. Vaults 11 to 17 had sealed stone floors. Moreover, floodwaters in tombs 1 to 10 drained quickly through the porous limestone. Coffin wood from those vaults possessed just 7 percent water. In such aridity, water-soaked humans would have dried rapidly into mummies.
Information found at http://nut11.tripod.com/SAINTS.html
Updated Aug 29, 2004
During the last week end of October it is held a medieval feast called “Festa della Zucca” dedicated to the “pumpkin”. It is held in the town centre and all the habitants of Venzone do wear medieval dresses. There are medieval shows , the town is illuminated just by torches and lanterns.Local wine is served together with food based on pumpkin products.
Written Dec 30, 2002