Milan Cimitero Monumentale, an extraordinary showcase of classic sculpture
Some people visit Milan specifically to see this Monumental Cemetery, and they are capable of spending a whole day or even two or three days there. This is not surprising, because it is one of the finest monumental cemeteries in the world, undoubtedly the finest in Italy (the only other cemetery that comes close is Staglieno in Genoa). Its huge area of 250,000 square metres is like an open-air gallery of romantic sculpture, celebrating human achievements and fragility, and depicting the world of angels and saints.
The people in the cemetery include some names from Italian art and history such as Campari, Toscanini, Verdi, Ponchielli, Hayez, Bocconi, Segantini and others. But Cimitero Monumentale is more about the funerary monuments themselves than name-dropping and people-spotting.
A Friend in Milan can accompany you to this cemetery and provide an introduction to its treasures over the course of a one or two-hour Milan tour.