This Saturday is All Saint’s Day in Finland, a very different day to Halloween. Finns remember those who are lost by visiting their graves. It’s quite a sombre affair. A while back, I visited a cemetery in Milan. I wonder how they celebrate All Saint’s Day in Italy?
I like to visit cemeteries when travelling. I am fascinated by the history, serenity and beauty of cemeteries. Cemeteries are usually peaceful, landscaped places, resembling parks. All of them are unique in their own way.
In Milan, I had looked up the Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) as a must-see. The chilly but sunny weather had tempted others to visit too.
The Monumental Cemetery has three different sections, one for Catholics, one for Jewish and one for non-Catholics.
You can buy flowers nearby. In Finland on All Saint’s Day, it’s tradition to take heathers, pine sprigs and candles to the graves. It’s so cold that flowers wouldn’t make it!
This cemetery was opened in 1866.
Many of the tombs and sculptures have been created by famous artist of their time.
Momentous Italians rest in the cemetery. Architects, actresses, industrialists, politicians…
You’ll be surprised to hear that this “Last Supper” tomb is actually the Campari (the drink!) family’s tomb.
It has been said that the Monumental Cemetery is like an open air museum.
Here’s two different portrayals of grief.
These statues have really friendly faces.
She’s quite regal don’t you think?
These two girls are my favourite.
After All Saint’s Day, we can start building up to Christmas. The deceased resting here have been provided with some Christmas spirit.
Do you like to stroll around cemeteries when travelling?
Do you have a cemetery you would particularly like to visit? I would love to go to the Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris and actually, I’ve been wanting to go to one in my own backyard – the Hietaniemi Cemetery. Famous Finns, for example Alvar Aalto, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Tove Jansson and Karl Fazer rest there.