MILANO – DAY ONE – pt 1

My feelings about Milano have changed greatly over the course of time.  The first time that I visited this Italian city, I didn’t like it very much.  But, being one of only a handful of cities in Italy which has direct flights linking it to New York, I ended up returning, more than once.  And each time, I enjoyed myself more than the last.  Now, I look forward to my time spent in this exciting, and yes – beautiful Italian city.

On this trip, like the last, I stayed at City Residence Milano.  This is a B&B in the Degranino area of the city, close to the Porta Garibaldi train station.  The Residence consists of fully equipped apartments, some with one bedroom lofts, others all on one floor.  Again, I booked this via booking.com.IMG_0008IMG_0011IMG_0009In doing some research about the city of Milano, I read about the Cimitero Monumentale, or the Monumental Cemetery, which was located close to where I was staying.  So, I decided to make that my major destination, for Day One.

I was able to walk to the Cimitero in about fifteen minutes from the apartment.  It is located just north of the Porto Garibaldi train station.  Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini, this is one of the most lovely places that I have ever seen.  This certainly ranks as one of the best “attractions” in Milano, as least as far as I’m concerned.  And while there is no doubt that you are walking around a cemetery, the art that you are looking at is lovely, and sometimes even breathtaking!

One enters the cemetery through the large entrance way called the Famedio.DSCN1047DSCN1051

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Some of Milano’s most notable citizens are buried in the Famedio, among whom are included the singer/actor Vincenzo Jannacci and the actress Franca Pia Rame.

DSCN1079DSCN1078Once you step outside, you see the tombs which give the place it’s name – “Monumental”.

DSCN1095DSCN1130DSCN1133.JPGDSCN1138DSCN1155DSCN1168DSCN1208DSCN1212The Mausoleum of Antonio Bernocchi is by Giannino Castiglioni and is a towering piece of art that could have kept me occupied for hours, studying it’s small, ornate carved figures, which rise all of the way to the very top.  It’s amazing!

DSCN1217DSCN1219DSCN1221It seemed as if everywhere you looked, there was something to see, such as the Korner tomb by Adolfo Wildt, just to single one out.

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The cemetery is divided into sections.  There is an area for non christians, as well as an area of more modern tombs.  These were also quite beautiful.

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The tomb of Verdi was a highlight for me!

DSCN1525continue with Milano – Day One – part two…..

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