You can often get a deeper understanding of a country's culture by attending a church service or visiting a cemetery - and we did the latter. San Michele (Cimitero) is a very small island the lies between northern Venice and the Murano. The entire island consists ofs a cemetery with a church (built around 1470), which is presumably used for funeral services. It's easily reached by the Vaporetto (water bus) line 4.1 or 4.2. There were far fewer "conventional" graves than there were row after row of pure-white blocks of columbarium, which are colorfully decorated with flowers and a picture of the deceased. There are tree famous people buried there, one of which is violin master, Stravinsky. If you're truly more interested in a country's real culture instead of cheap tourist traps, definitely make a stop at San Michele's cemetery island!
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