It might seem unusual to visit a cemetery while on vacation, but after you see the Monumental Cemetery's architecture, you'll understand why it's such a popular destination. Il Cimitero Monumentale, inaugurated at the end of the 19th century, is complete with cemeteries, Greek temples, elaborate obelisks, and magnificent, almost lifelike sculptures. Travelers claim that the cemetery could efficiently function as an outdoor museum because it is so lovely.
How to explore Monumental Cemetery?
- Certain areas of the cemetery were formerly designated only for the wealthy and renowned. So there are restrictions on entering these designated areas.
- In place of rows of plain tombstones, the loved ones of the deceased decorated grave sites with artwork or transformed them into pieces of art.
- Make sure to keep an eye out for the bronze 'Last Supper' replica, a burial place that belonged to a renowned Campari family.
- You might also run upon some relatively moving burials, like angels standing over plots and statues spread out wailing over tombs.
- The cemetery, which is more than 250.000 square meters in size, has several Italian statues, Greek temples, obelisks, and even a scaled-down reproduction of Trajan's Column to check out.
- As you get inside the main door, you will see a sort of 'Hall of Fame' where the graves of many of Italy's most famous architects, athletes, actors, musicians, journalists, and other figures are displayed.
- The Bernocchi family's white sculpted tower, which depicts the life and death of Christ, the Bruni family's strange pyramid, and the Campari family's collection of sculptures depicting The Last Supper are among the most striking tombs and should not be missed.