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Destination Milan: Cimitero Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery)

The Cimitero Monumentale, inaugurated in 1866, was born as a cemetery open to all Milanese "to all forms and all the fortunes", but it is clear from the very beginning the will to make it become "Monument" of milanesity, place of civic memories and as such, devoted not only to sorrowful but to a wider audience.

The work of Carlo Maciachini incorporates several stylistic suggestions according to the eclectic taste of the time, associating Gothic forms with the Lombardy and Pisan Romanesque and with Byzantine inserts.

In the sculptures and architectures of the Monumental, you can trace the events of the city and most of its artistic history, from the realism and eclecticism of the late nineteenth century to the liberty and symbolism of the early twentieth century, from the thirties to the contemporary, as in a true an extraordinary "Open Sky Museum" where the most important Italian artists are represented.

Its current surface is 250 thousand square meters. The cemetery is comprised of 3 distinct areas: the central and largest one dedicated to the Catholics deceased, the one to the left for the non-Catholics and the one to the right is the so-called "Israelites’ allocation".

The largest area, looking at the Monumental Cemetery is the Famedio. The Italian term deriving from the Latin "famae aedes" and stands for a temple of fame.

Along with the chapels of the great families, representatives of Milan’s culture and entrepreneurship. Here rest many personalities who have linked their name to the political and civil history of Milan and Italy such as: the writers Alessandro Manzoni andSalvatore Quasimodo, the founder of the socialist party Filippo Turati, or the musical director Arturo Toscanini.


Opening hours: Tue - Sun (08.00 AM - 06.00 PM)

Admission: free

How to reach: Metro Monumentale, Tram 10, 12, 14, 19 Bus 70

Address: Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale, 20154 Milano MI


Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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