Here’s a little vid of my last visit to the monumental cemetery of Staglieno: an open-air museum, located in Genoa. When Mark Twain visited long ago, he said “Our last sight was the cemetery and we shall continue to remember it after we shall have forgotten the palaces.”
It’s an extraordinary cemetery, a lovely place to visit and a great way to finish off my series on necropolises. I could go on – however – everything must come to an end.
Here in Italy it’s a national holiday. Many Italians are visiting their local cemeteries, reflecting on their beloved, laying some flowers at their grave. Today is a day for ritual, a day to light candles, meditate and remember.
Tomorrow is All Souls’ day, another day altogether – and then, rightfully so, it will be time to move into the future…