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Staglieno Cemetery

Address: P.le Resasco, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: +39 010 870184
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Ranked #19 of 295 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, planned in the 1850s in an inhabited area, lies now in an...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, planned in the 1850s in an inhabited area, lies now in an area not far from the centre of Genoa. Staglieno's architectural pattern, albeit in the forms of a mature Classicism, draws on a genre that was rather common in Europe and Italy around the mid nineteenth century. However, the peculiarity and the charm of Staglieno lie in the fact that its architecture is combined with a natural layout, a type that is much more common in northern European cemeteries like, for example, the Pere Lachaise in Paris. It currently covers an area of 300.000 sqm.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

When Napoleon moved into Italy, he set rules that disallowed putting dead bodies under the churches any more, and they had to make a cemetery on what was then the outside of Genova. Now, close, it is a statuary museum filled with wonderful history and art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “one of the wonders of the World.” It has often been called an open air museum due to the concentration of works by great artists and architects who worked to build the eternal resting places of Genoese and foreigners alike (from the cemetery brochure). In 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

You can catch a bus from the train station to this cemetery. Acres and acres of it. The main galleries are what people come to see. They are laid out in differing art styles - classicism, romanticism, realism, art nouveau, symbolism etc. The funerary sculpture is mind boggling. It is all so detailed, so well done, so imaginative. From angels... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I came to Genoa to see this cemetry after reading reviews. It is fantastic. So many marble statues,so realistic you can see the lacework on dresses. The work is so expressive as well. In my book this should be number 1 on trip advisor. Its a step back in time and very Gothic. Easy to get to - bus 34... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Unbelievable marble sculpture all thru out the cemetery history of old Genoese family chapels and mausoleum. We spent all day perusing and admiring the art work.

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited the jewish part of the cemetary. Shame on them for letting it go.Overgrown unkept very sad to see

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I arrived on a rainy day in May, there were only 2 other people there in what is a gigantic cemetery spread over a square km, it was virtually empty of living human life, yet with the hundreds of lifesize and extremely lifelike sculptures it seems like you are walking through a frozen moment in time of the Italian 1800's... More 

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Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I must admit I love art, I love history, I love special places like this cemetry. But it even astonished my kids, aged 11-21. The artistic monuments, the realistic and moving displays of love and dear memories... It touched all of us. And all that in a wonderful, green, tranquil, huge hilly area. Check the display just after the Main... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We found out about Staglieno cemetery while visiting Lili Saatchi photo exhibition @ Strada Nuova museum. We were told that it is a must visit spot. As old ltalian lady in museum put it: Grande! So we went and it was simply astonishing. I have never seen anything similar in my life. Somehow it was very surreal experience and very... More 

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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

this enormous cemetery is replete with gorgeous marble headstones and statuary and mausoleums. there is a commonwealth war graves cemetery

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