Today was yet another sunny day in Italy. So, I pulled up Google Maps and located the nearest large green space to our apartment in Bergamo. It turned out to be a cemetery. No problem! Nothing like a good cemetery stroll on a beautiful day.
The Cimitero Monumentale was completed in 1912 in order to merge three previous town cemeteries, according to the only source I could find online, the intriguing necroturismo.it. It is laid out like a park, and in fact there were quite a few people strolling around there when I visited.
There are a remarkably variety of styles in the cemetery, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, to ultramodern and even Brutalist.
Most of the graves are for family groups, and many have have photos on them.
Photos are just one way the graves are highly personalized. Many have trees, bushes or flowers planted on them, and nearly all have been decorated in some way, with knick-knacks, artificial flowers, candles, etc.
I don’t think I have ever regretted visiting an old cemetery in Europe. They really are fascinating–and not at all depressing, especially in the Italian winter sun.