Guided tours of Milan’s Monumental Cemetery

29 May. Cemetery marks Open-Air Museums Day with concert, plays and exhibition.

The Monumental Cemetery near Porta Garibaldi railway station celebrates the 13th Open-Air Museums Day with a programme of guided tours to the most attractive tombs, one-act plays and an exhibition of photographs under the title “Silence” on Sunday 29 May.

The Brera Academy will present an exhibit on the restoration of the historic plaques in the cemetery, while the Fonderia Battaglia foundry will celebrate a century of bronze works. During the course of the day, the one-ton bell donated by the region of Molise to Expo Milano 2015 will be installed in the cemetery.

The guided tours will start at frequent intervals throughout the day; one of them, at 14.00, will be conducted in English.

The cemetery is divided into three areas: looking from the entrance, the central sector hosts the tombs of families and important Catholic personalities; the right-hand sector is the Jewish cemetery and the left side is reserved for other non-Catholics. Along the paths are signs indicating nearby tombs of artistic or historical interest.

One of the favourites of the milanesi is the tomb of Arturo Toscanini, by the renowned sculptor Leonardo Bistolfi. Delicate and dramatic, the artwork includes a ship to represent the vessel which brought back to Italy the body of Toscanini’s young son who died prematurely in New York.

A full programme of the day’s events is on the city website.