stone and dust

travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other dark sites


August 2015

Site 6: Verona’s Monumental Cemetery

This cemetery wasn’t on my list, but somewhere in the back of my mind I knew there was another monumental cemetery in the Veneto region, and I was right. I couldn’t afford the time or money to go to Ravenna this trip (for a non-cemetery visit), so I headed to Verona instead. Continue reading “Site 6: Verona’s Monumental Cemetery”

Site 5: The Jewish Cemetery on the Lido

For the first time on my cemetery tour, I have finally visited a cemetery unlike the others. It’s old (the oldest one so far) but is not famous for its monuments. In fact, its not famous for anything, but that’s why I like it.

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Site 4: Venice’s San Michele Cemetery

I’ve been to Venice before, but this is the first time I made my way to the cemetery island, known locally as Cimitero di San Michele. Like in so many other places in the 19th century, cemeteries were moved out of city centres, which in Venice meant moving Continue reading “Site 4: Venice’s San Michele Cemetery”

Site 3: Bologna’s Certosa Cemetery

This place is a real beauty. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got off the bus in the afternoon, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Actually, I was blown away. But it was a very slow build up that once I was in the throes of it, I was really overwhelmed. Continue reading “Site 3: Bologna’s Certosa Cemetery”

Site 2: Genoa’s Staglieno Cemetery

Wow. I don’t even know how to begin to describe this cemetery. This is the mecca of all cemeteries. I mean, I haven’t been to all cemeteries, but I sincerely doubt there is any other that can top it. If you are even a tiny bit of a taphophile/tombstone Continue reading “Site 2: Genoa’s Staglieno Cemetery”

Site 1: Milan’s Monumental Cemetery

This cemetery has been on my cemetery bucket list for some time. I had initially planned two whole days there (just in case of bad weather, or whatever) but for some reason did not find out it was closed on Mondays until after I had finalized my trip, which had my full days for Sunday Continue reading “Site 1: Milan’s Monumental Cemetery”

The Death Tour (or my cemetery bucket list)

Okay, so that sounds dramatic. I guess it should really be called the cemetery tour, since this entire trip is based around photographing some famous and not-so-famous cemeteries around Europe, but that’s a little boring.  Continue reading “The Death Tour (or my cemetery bucket list)”

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