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Milan: Monumental Cemetery Group Walking Tour

1. Milan: Monumental Cemetery Group Walking Tour

Discover the macabre side of Milan with this Monumental Cemetery group walking tour. Find the resting places of historical figures who have made the city of Milan great economically and artistically. Visit the cemetery that houses the remains of Alessandro Manzoni, Franca Rame, Enzo Iannacci, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Arturo Toscanini, and Alda Merini. Listen to your guide tell you how the art, economic, social and religious history of the city is blended here. Walk through the Famedio, which was initially conceived as a church, but transformed into a place to store the tombs of the rich and famous of Milanese. Find out how this place is not just a cemetery, but an open-air museum.

The Monumental Cemetery of Milan: Discover the Unexpected

2. The Monumental Cemetery of Milan: Discover the Unexpected

The Monumental Cemetery of Milan, named also "Monumentale", is one of the most unknown places of the city. Tourists visit the main places, but they do not know that there is an unexpected location where art and peace coexist. Just observing the Cemetery from the outside, you can admire this colossal place, but once inside, peace, silence and tranquility reign together. Those who imagine this location as a sad place are mistaken, because it presents itself as a pleasant place to visit, filled with inscriptions that invite you to remember those who have gone before, rich with information and accompanied by interesting artistic detail, including a combination of different styles. During this 1-hour guided tour your tour guide will show and explain to you in depth the most significant monuments conserved here. Among them are the Temple of Fame, the most outstanding building in the Cemetery, where Alessandro Manzoni is buried, or the tomb that celebrates the Campari family, famous for the noted aperitif brand, which is similar to the Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci and many others monuments.

Milan Monumental Cemetery: Walking Tour in Italian

3. Milan Monumental Cemetery: Walking Tour in Italian

Take part in a 2-hour guided tour in the company of an art historian, to discover the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. A unique place where art, culture, religion and modernity intertwine. Discover the extraordinary and numerous examples of funeral art, which constitute a real open book on the great changes of the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries with testimonies of poets, sculptors, artists and men of science. Visit the Famedio, which welcomes the memory of the great Milanese personalities, including the great Alessandro Manzoni and learn about the history of the well-known industrial families of Milan, from Campari to Falck, from Erba to Bocconi, in an inexhaustible path of emotions and discoveries.

Monumental Cemetery of Milan Guided Tour

4. Monumental Cemetery of Milan Guided Tour

The Monumental Cemetery of Milan is not just a cemetery, but a genuine open-air museum. Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini in 1864 and inaugurated two years later, it is characterized by an eclectic style, harmonizing Byzantine and Gothic elements with a prevalence of the Romanesque style. If you really want to get to know Milan, visiting the Cimitero Monumentale is a must. All those people who played a role in the city's history rest inside it, from Alessandro Manzoni to Arturo Toscanini, Francesco Hayez to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti,  Sergio Bonelli to Guido Crepax,  Alda Merini to Franca Rame, and Enzo Iannacci to Giorgio Gaber. These are just some of the famous names that the Monumental Cemetery holds within its walls. The cemetery is an ideal place to discover the evolution of Milan's artistic trends between the 19th and 20th centuries. During the tour, your expert guide will give you an artistic and historical introduction on the cemetery, then you'll visit the Famedio - the city pantheon of famous people - and the crematory temple, one of the first ones to be built in Europe. You will also be able to admire and discover the history of about 15 selected graves, that either have artistic significance or are the final resting place of famous people.

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What people are saying about Milan Monumental Cemetery

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Very large area but Paolo was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who covered all the highlights and told some great stories.