Milan Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano) Tours
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Built in 1866, Milan’s Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) is the 2nd-largest cemetery in the city and the final resting place of wealthy folks and families including the Brunis, Bernocchis, and Camparis. The vast cemetery is an open-air museum featuring Italian sculptures, elaborate obelisks, and massive tombs commemorating the dead.
Upon entering the enormous cemetery complex, there is a type of Hall of Fame that displays the most renowned Italian architects, writers, actors, composers, and journalists who are buried there. Wander around and admire the stones, statues, and tombs that comprise a veritable outdoor sculpture garden.
To get the most out of your experience, book a guided walking tour of the cemetery grounds. If you’d rather explore on your own, many Milan hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses stop at the Monumental Cemetery.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Monumental Cemetery is a must-visit for architecture and art history lovers.
- Entry to the cemetery is free.
- The cemetery is quite large, so get a map or plan out the tombs you would like to visit before setting out.
- Bring a water bottle and comfortable shoes to explore the huge complex.
- Free guided tours are available to book either online or at the entrance to the cemetery.
How to Get There
The cemetery is located near Milan’s Chinatown and Porto Garibaldi districts. Take the M2 (green) metro line to Garibaldi or the M5 (purple) to Monumentale. Tram lines 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, and 33, and bus 94, also reach the cemetery.
When to Get There
The Monumental Cemetery is open from 8am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Consider a spring or autumn visit, as the hot summer months of June, July, and August, and the winter months of January and February, can be quite harsh for walking around.
The Rich and Famous of Milan
The Monumental Cemetery is an homage to the wealthy residents of Milan. As you walk around the complex, admire the various monuments, statues, and opulent mausoleums home to both Catholics and non-Catholics. Don’t miss the bronze sculpture of the Last Supper by Giannino Castiglioni and the Temple of Fame, home to many Milanese celebrities.
Address: Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale, Milano 20154, Italy
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Milan Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano)
The Monumental Cemetery of Milan is one of the most characteristic and unknown spots in the city. Considered as a proper open-air museum, once inside the cemetery no words to describe the beauty of this place, where peace and art coexist. Unveil the graves of the most important Milanese powerful families. Do you know that Campari family built a tomb similar to the Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci? Join this 1 hour and 30 minutes guided experience throughout this extraordinary place. Your monolingual tour guide will show you the most significant buildings and tell you the history behind the cemetery. Prepare yourself to discover this unexpected place located in the heart of Milan!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Explore the grand Monumental Cemetery of Milan over the course of 90 minutes and discover a place where art and tranquility coincide. Discover the history of the second largest cemetery in Milan as you explore the opulent tombs of famous Italians such as Alessandro Manzoni, who is buried in the grand Temple of Fame, as well as the Campari family.
The Monumental Cemetery of Milan is not just a cemetery, but a genuine open-air museum. Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini in 1864, 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 Manzoni to Toscanini, from Hayez to Marinetti, from Alda Merini to Giorgio Gaber. The cemetery is an ideal place to discover the evolution of Milan's artistic trends between the XIX and XX century. During this private tour, your expert guide will give you an artistic introduction on the cemetery, then you'll visit the Famedio and the crematory temple, one of the first ones to be built in Europe. You will also be able to discover the history of about 15 selected graves, that either have artistic significance or are the final resting place of famous people.
The life of Pino Lella, only recently revealed and narrated in the book "Beneath a scarlet sky", by the American writer Mark Sullivan, sounds like the script of a war movie. Yet it is all true. With our tour, you will walk in the footsteps of this Italian hero during the most dramatic years of Milan, following his adventures in the wounded city occupied by the Nazis. With us, you will visit some of the most fascinating highlights of Milan: the imposing cathedral, Duomo, where the body of cardinal Schuster, a key figure for Pino, was buried; the medieval Sforza Castle, in whose courtyards many people suffered a horrible death; the Monumental Cemetery, an open air museum of funerary art; the Memorial of Shoah, an emotional testament to the persecution of the Jews; piazzale Loreto, home of the most tragic memories of the city. We will end the tour on a happy note: with a drink at Diana Hotel, where Pino celebrated the end of the Nazi occupation. Some public transport will be used.
See the most popular sights of Milan with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket good for 24 or 48 hours. Take in the views of this fashionable city from the top level of an open-air double-decker bus, from which you see the iconic Milan Duomo and the famous opera house La Scala. With three different bus routes to choose from, and opportunities to get on and off as much as you like, the city of Milan is yours to discover.
This experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Milan with a passionate local who wants to share all the historical and fun facts about Milan Our excursion starts at the Piazza del Duomo. Learn about how the city has grown and changed over time. From visiting the churches to discovering the history behind the Merchants Square or even the Duomo, discover unique sites that your ordinary tourist tour won’t show you. We always knew travelling was the best way of learning, but having a knowledgeable Local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Milan Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano)?
The best ways to experience Milan Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano) are:
- The Monumental Cemetery of Milan guided experience
- The Monumental Cemetery of Milan: discover the unexpected
- Private Guided Tour of the Monumental Cemetery of Milan
- Beneath the scarlet sky of Milan - a day in the footsteps of Pino Lella
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