Argentine sources like to rank the top 3 cemeteries in the world: Père Lechaise, Staglieno & Recoleta… but I’m not sure I can agree with that list after visiting the Cimitero Monumentale in Milan. Rankings are far from impartial, so I’ll go out on a limb & say it: Recoleta has nothing on Milan’s main cemetery. It’s much bigger & packed with even more gorgeous statuary. It’s greener & extremely well maintained. Supposedly Eva Perón was buried here under a false name for 17 years, but I couldn’t find anyone to ask about it. One thing is for sure: if I lived in Milan, I’d start AfterLife II!
I’d originally planned to take a daytrip to Genoa, a sort of pilgrimage to Staglieno. But the weather wasn’t cooperating & our rental apartment was near the Cimitero Monumentale, so Staglieno will have to wait for another trip. In the end, I made the right decision. The 41 photos below will hopefully demonstrate why it is the most magnificent cemetery I’ve ever visited!