Certosa di Bologna
Certosa di Bologna
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This church and cemetery is a twenty minute bus ride outside of the city centre but it is well worth the visit. The cemetery is definitely one of the loveliest kept places of vigil I have ever come across. It's grounds are immaculate and the tributes equally as much. The church itself is beautiful inside with a large high ceiling and a marvellous altar which is so picturesque. The giant single steeple in it's grounds is also worth a look but I don't think it's door ever opens to go up inside. Not to be missed.
Written February 21, 2023
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Mauro R
Imola, Italy35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The best monumental cemetery in Europe ( Unesco world heritage ) and maybe one of the best in the world. Take the time to have a walk inside in a warm day. Peacefully and free entrance
Written April 6, 2024
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Rakeldur
Reykjavik, Iceland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
When travelling, I make a point of trying to visit cemetaries. They are places that are usually meant to be beutiful and respectful, and the different ways that societies choose to memorate the dead are of great interest to me. The Certosa is certainly an impressive cemetary, especially the older section. I try not to be superstituous, but I have to admit that some of the more isolated corners of Certosa would be perfect for the final scene in a ghost movie. The statues decorating many of the graves in the old and wealthier section are what sets this cemetary apart from others, amidst more tradtional motifs you can see depictions of objects like hand grenades and shoes with shoelaces. This mixture of art and actuality was very touching.
Written October 27, 2013
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Andrea D
Dublin, Ireland293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
While preparing for visiting the city, I listed this place under the section "if time permits". Luckily, I had time to visit it and, unluckily two hours were not enough to admire this beauty. The monumental cemetery located nearby the Certosa has a morbid beauty. From one side, it is a pity to see how neglected and forsaken is this place but from the other side, this negligence gives a decadent and gothic look. It is off the beaten path and in two hours I met only other 2 tourists.
One of the thing that I absolutely want to see again one day! Warmly recommended.
Written July 12, 2014
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Circusbread
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
I'm currently living in Bologna and I wandered over to this just to see something a little different on a Saturday morning. It's the most unique cemetery I've ever been in and one of the more unique sites I've visited in Italy, particularly after one has visited their 20th or 30th museum/church. I'm rather surprised it's not more well known - or at least I didn't know about it and just sort of stumbled upon it. It's a multi-leveled above and below ground labyrinth of sculpture, porticos, engravings, frescoes, graves, and mausoleums. As you wander through you turn each corner and there's yet another unexpected surprise or sudden passageway leading up or down or around. One could almost get lost. I happened to be in Paris last weekend and visited the catacombs. That also is a very unique experience. There's something quite humbling about walking through a corridor made of the bones of 5 million anonymous lives. This is a parallel but quite different experience. More nuanced and personal. I highly recommend a visit - particularly if you're looking to mix things up a little...
Written April 23, 2016
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Alexandru G
Cluj-Napoca, Romania31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
The structure of the monumental cemetery is unlike any other I've seen. The trademark are 'i portici' and the galleries with funeral stones and sculptures. You move from one gallery to another and can easily loose the sense of direction. Parts of the monumental buildings are being restored so expect to see areas that look ok, areas under construction end other that look neglect and in ruin. Ask for a map at the entrance. You will have to do some searching to find the most impressive funeral stones as they are not marked on the map but it will help you navigating the cemetery..
Written May 14, 2015
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al d
Siggiewi, Malta25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Incredible place, it’s like you’re in a deserted city. Long walk (45 to 60 minutes), since it’s a bit far from the city centre. On foot, walk via the porticos starting from Porta Saragozza. Not to be missed: Lucia Dalla’s tomb.
Written April 10, 2018
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Charles Z
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
The Certosa di Bologna was one of the Italian highlights of the ' Victorian Grand Tour ' the likes of Byron and Dickens wrote about this strange and macabre cemetery with its most spectacular sculptures .
It is situated a short ten minute taxi ride from the city centre , agree on your price first , I didn't , somehow it was 25 euro to get there , and only ten to get back . I think I was given the Bologna runaround the first time .
You need to book a cab to get back or otherwise avail yourself of a friendly staff member to do so , as there is little transport in the area .
If you are at all disturbed by the dead don't visit , but if you want to spend an hour or two viewing some of the most spectacular sculptures in Italy then go by all means . The cemetery is a rabbit warren , it is easy to get lost in it but then this will only lead you on to the next surprise . Florentine marble , bronze , granite and schist monuments are everywhere , as is ; unfortunately the faint scent of human decay .
There are no guides or guide maps available , it is very much a follow your own nose visit but certainly well worth the effort .
Written August 3, 2016
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Martina Z
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the most exciting historical cementary I ´ve ever seen. The atmosphere was for me breathtaking, the place looks quite scarry And deadly ..you ´ll see a looot of family signs And pictures And each of them offers its own tale..just stop look breathe..but u walk more inside And you ´ll find another view ..a lot of greenery And flowers everything looks so tidy And handeled..I mean for me one of the best places to visit here
Written May 23, 2015
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Aussie7leagueboots
Brisbane, Australia445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
It’s interesting how certain places retain their spiritual significance for long periods of time. During the 1800s Etruscan objects had been found sporadically here and in 1869 a tomb was uncovered leading to the realisation that the whole area had been an Etruscan necropolis back around 500BC.

The ‘modern’ development of the area as a cemetery followed the suppression by Napoleon of the monastery that had been on the site since the 14th century.

The cemetery became part of the European grand tour in the 19th century due to its fine sculpture. It’s fascinating to wander around this large cemetery and see the various ways in which death and the remembrance of loved ones was approached over the last few hundred years.

A number of famous Italians have their resting place here. The better known would include the composer Respighi, Alfieri Maserati founder of the car company and Nobel Prize winner Giosuè Carducci.

This is certainly an interesting way to spend a few hours and it’s easy to lose track of time as you wander around.

The office on the right as you come in the main entrance has a useful map showing the location of the better known tombs. A tick next to the entry indicates that the tomb has a form of cultural heritage listing in Italy.

If you like walking, the Certosa cemetery can be reached on foot in about 50 minutes leaving the city along Via Riva di Reno and then continuing along Via Sabotino.
Written November 23, 2017
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