It takes a certain kind of tourist to sign away their life and board a bus to the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
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What seems to be making the sinking of the Costa Concordia such a compelling narrative and the ship such an attraction is parallels with the Titanic disaster 100 years ago.
Originally intended for other dead friars, a strange tradition emerged over the ensuing centuries as affluent Sicilians were entombed in the crypts as a symbol of social status.
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