The Fighting Couple are always on the look out for smart off the beaten pass couple travel ideas. On our recent visit to Venice, we explored a great find, the San Michele cemetery. We put together the following photographic tour of our visit. If you are a history/music/Italy buff, this place is not to be missed.
Ok, Ok…we know, visiting a cemetery is not for everyone. Unlike some macabre type burial grounds, San Michele has a garden type feel. The architectural and intricate sculptured tombs is extremely impressive.
The Isle of San Michele is located just outside the main islands of Venice. Scooting across the bay is simple and can be done via a number of different options: Vapparetto, Water taxi (expensive), gondola (very expensive). The island is in between the main Venetian Islands and Murano Island. You can see most of what there is to see in two hours, so it is a great place to see in route to spending your euros in Murano. What a great reminder that you cant take the money with you.
Interesting permanent residents include: Igor Stravinsky, Ezra Pound, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Frederick Rolfe, Horatio Brown, and Zoran Music.
Stravinsky? Wow! I think cemeteries are fascinating. Italy has some amazing ones. Last year, I hiked one in Cinque Terre. No famous gravestones there though!
It was really neat on so many levels: the history and the beauty. Crazy, but we would go again, it is such a quite and peaceful place amid chaotic Venice.
My two Texas Besties and I are going to Venice this year. Looks like a good sidetrip. Those ballerina slippers….
It is so peaceful, and a great history lesson. We highly recommend. Thanks for the comment. We hope you have a great trip.