Monumental Cemetery

Address: Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale 1, Milan, 20151, Italy
Telephone: 02 659 9938

- Free


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.

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Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture