Beauty of the (Italian) Afterlife

I promised that I would share pictures from our most recent Italian vacation. I am starting to make good on that promise although I do still need to put together a proper post. I’m working on it…I swear. I am continuing to sift through thousands of pictures but I did manage to gather a few that are most appropriate for today, Halloween, the spookiest of all holidays.

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When it comes to traveling, I have found that one of the most exciting ways to get to know a city is to simply get lost and enjoy new discoveries that literally cross your path. As Mr. B and I wandered throughout Milan on one particular day, we took note of a building off in the distance due to its beauty and scale. We continued to walk toward it hoping to learn more. It turns out that the building that caught our attention is part of Milan’s most well-known cemetery, Monument Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale in Italian). Our curiosity led us past the gates and into one of the City’s largest cemetery’s developed in 1886.

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We ventured inside only to discover an open-air market with a treasure trove of art and architectural monuments. As we strolled the grounds, it was immediately evident that some of the most notable artists and architects were commissioned to build beautiful, grand structures to mark the location of where some of the most wealthy and elite Italians have been laid to rest.

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All iPhone images by Reviving Charm.

6 thoughts on “Beauty of the (Italian) Afterlife

  1. After Orange County says:

    WOW, what a beautiful place! They don’t bury them like that anymore in Italy. In fact, you only get a place in an Italian Cemetery for a few years before they move you out due to lack of space. Ever since our honeymoon in the Cotswolds of England my husband and I have enjoyed exploring old cemeteries. Funny thing to do on a honeymoon but one evening we took our cocktails from the Manor House where we were staying and took a little walk to a nearby old church. There we found a fascinating cemetery where we read ancient headstones and marveled at the beauty of how people were interned back in the day. We ventured into the church sanctuary and were soon greeted by the perish minister who was there to meet a couple he was going the marry the following day. We ended up meeting the couple and learning all about the church and its cemetery. It will be a lifelong cherished memory.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Holly, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I thought it would be great alternative to a traditional Halloween post and share a bit from my recent trip. It really was amazing place to visit.

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