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Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel

As someone who has visited her fair share of cemeteries, several facts become apparent after a while. The first is that most statues in cemeteries tend to be copies. Within a particular cemetery you may see one or ten or even fifty copies (or near copies) of the same statue. Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel”

Site 178: Rome’s Pantheon

Rome has no shortage of ancient structures worth visiting, and the Pantheon is one of them. Originally built between 133-125 CE, it was converted into a Christian Church in the 7th century, and, unlike many of the other buildings and ruins scattered Continue reading “Site 178: Rome’s Pantheon”

Site 177: Rome War Cemetery

As I was planning my trip to the Non-Catholic Cemetery, I noticed that another cemetery was in very close vicinity, the Rome War Cemetery. This is a Commonwealth cemetery of WWII graves that lies alongside the old Aurelian walls of Ancient Rome. Continue reading “Site 177: Rome War Cemetery”

Site 176: Rome’s Non-Catholic Cemetery

How lovely it is to be in Rome in late March. The weather is warm and sunny, the trees and flowers are in bloom, and the tourists are not overwhelming. Rome, of course, is no stranger to tourists, having been art of nearly every tourist’s European tour for Continue reading “Site 176: Rome’s Non-Catholic Cemetery”

Site 175: Rome’s Campo Verano

When and if a cemetery in Rome gets mentioned, it’s usually the Non-Catholic Cemetery, where Keats and Shelley are buried, that get the attention. The Verano Cemetery, on the other hand, rarely seems to make any list, and it’s a shame, for Continue reading “Site 175: Rome’s Campo Verano”

Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018

Having just visited my 150th cemetery/memorial site in just over 3 years, I thought it might be interesting to look at the overall numbers of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Just sorting through the numbers have given me a few surprises – I didn’t realise Continue reading “Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018”

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 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”

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