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Most interesting cemetery in Tuscany

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Most interesting cemetery in Tuscany

We are looking forwrd to our first trip exploring Tuscany area by car in April. Thanks to all for the wonderful suggestions for this trip so far. We are fascinated by the wonderful old cemeteries with amazing tombstones, statues and images on the gravestones in Europe that we don't see here in the United States. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks!

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1. Re: Most interesting cemetery in Tuscany

I am partial to the one in Siena,

Dickens wrote about it in his book about his trip through Italy.

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2. Re: Most interesting cemetery in Tuscany

You might want to visit the English Cemetery in Piazzale Donatello in Florence. If you saw the Zefferelli film "Tea with Mussolini," the action kicks off there. Perhaps its most famous resident is Elizabeth Barrett Browning. You might want to tell the Forum what you think of her tomb. Her husband designed it.

The cemetery at San Miniato al Monte (also in Florence) is gorgeous, and the views unsurpassable.

Livorno has a marvelous, completely neglected cemetery which contains the remains of Tobias Smollett (among others).

Some of us here at Artviva find great beauty at the American Military Cemetery just outside San Casciano (admittedly, there is a certain sameness to each grave).

We also love the very, very old tomb slabs at the basilica of Santa Croce and the parish church of Santi Apostoli. In Santa Croce, we also quite like the 19th-century cenotaphs to various folk (like, say, Dante), and the funeral monuments to 19th-century mostly expatriates living in Florence. (In that same ancient vein, there's the marvelous Camposanto in Pisa.)

If you detour to Certaldo, you could genuflect at Boccacio's grave; Lucca's cathedral has the most amazing funeray monument dedicated to Ilaria del Caretto excecuted by Jacopo della Quercia in the early 1400s.

What a great question, Wendiel!

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