Monumental Cemetery

Price guide: Free

Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale 1, Milan, 20151

Price guide: Free

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expert-rated things to do in Milan
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
5
5.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Sightseeing

Expert review of Monumental Cemetery

An extraordinary cemetery filled with Italian celebrities – a hugely atmospheric art gallery.

The Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) was built in 1863-6 by Carlo Maciachini. Enclosed within huge stripy walls, it has become the graveyard of choice for many Italian stars. You enter through an elaborate Hall of Fame, the Famedio. Eva Peron was buried here secretly under the name María Maggi between 1955 and 1971 before she was taken to Spain and, eventually, to Argentina. Others include pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), music maestro Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) and poet and novelist, Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873). It also has sections for non-Catholics and Jews, and the Palanti Chapel commemorating the 800 Milanese who died in concentration camps during the Second World War.

However, its real interest lies in the extraordinary number of artists who have decorated the various graves. The range of sculpture and the open-air setting is magnificently dramatic, with angels and madonnas, children and cherubs, from the romantic to the brutal.

Price advice: 

Entry is free.

More information on Monumental Cemetery:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Architectural site, Cemetery, Landmark / monument
Address:
Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale 1, Milan, 20151
Telephone:
02 659 9938
Website:
http://www.monumentale.net
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tues-Sun 8.30am–6pm, last entry 30 mins earlier. Closed Mondays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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