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“Open Air Museum”

Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno
Ranked #14 of 317 things to do in Genoa
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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.
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Do not come back without seeing this amazing place, to be honest i first visited this place in Genova. From Principe Station take bus Number 34 .

Thank Shakespeare07
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stopped at Staglieno on our way to Verona from Liguria and it was worth every second. I had seen photos and documentaries on this place, but up close and personal it truly is a sight to be seen. Monuments are breathtaking and i could have spent hours wandering through the grounds. Its incredible how old some of these monuments are and how well kept they remain. Truly art on the most personal level. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

fantastic! the theme of our itinerary was the changings in the sculptures as a window to the changings of the history, in particular the history of people of genoa, their ways of thinking...but there are a lot of other themes you can chose to follow during the walk trough the cemetery

2  Thank ElisaBelmonte
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

To follow up on my review of the Staglieno, there are some new developments and exciting news for the lovers of this magnificent cemetery. I have continued to take friends and family here and they are just amazed at the wonderful sculpture; it’s the largest outdoor museum in Europe and shouldn’t be missed by art/sculpture lovers for its collection of fine Italian marble 19th/20th century sculpture ….that’s my view as a nonresident living in Genova, a city I love. I understand why several TA reviewers are dismayed at the upkeep of the cemetery and its need for restoration. Finally an American group “American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture” is working with Genova officials and Ministero per il Beni Culturali to restore some of the fine sculpture in Staglieno, starting with the Whitehead and Bentley memorials by Lorenzo Orengo, located near the Protestant section of Staglieno. You can view some of the amazing statues which they hope to restore on their website http://staglieno.org/Orengo-Whitehead.html ) and it will help you organize your visit, and then look for them when you visit the cemetery. It’s a very educational web site in English which will give you a better idea what to expect along with the many wonderful pictures by TA reviewers. This should really be a top attraction in Genova and its just 12 minutes away by bus from the city center.

Also since my last review the bus schedule has changed. Right now (but do check) you can get to Staglieno from Piazza de Ferrari or Via Roma (5 minute walk from Piazza de Ferrari) bus stop #34 bus, just about 12 minutes (buy a ticket at the Tobacco shops and be sure to validate it when you board). The bus #34 has the cemetery’s name on its destination display. OR Bus 12,13,14 from Stazione Brignole, stops by the cemetery, which drops you off on the opposite side of the street. There are always lots of buses returning to the city that you can pick up just outside the cemetery (on the same side) returning to Piazza de Ferrari. It’s free to visit the cemetery and it’s almost always open from 8-4, enter on the left side by the flower sellers. Bring a fully loaded camera battery, good walking shoes and if visiting in summer, water! You won’t believe how long you end up staying! There are bathrooms by the entry, but not very nice (bring TP). If you have any questions, I’m always happy to help!

9  Thank AnnArborMHT
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

One of the best in all Europe. Incredible examples of late 1800's tombs and monuments. Not to be missed

3  Thank skip15000
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