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Monumental Historic Cemeteries

In the Atlas of Trails in Italy, even the remembrance places, rich in their historic and artistic heritage, are a “cultural asset” to visit and enhance

Promoting Italian Monumental Historic Cemeteries, as remembrance places, is one of the central pillars of the Memorandum of Understanding between MIBACT and SEFIT (Italian Funereal Services, Servizi Funerari Italiani) associated with Utilitalia, proposing, among its main activities, to realize a digital dedicated Atlas.

Certosa di Ferrara - Atlante Cimiteri monumentali
Certosa di Ferrara

Following to the guide-lines suggested by the Strategic Plan for Tourism (PST) – being implemented by MIBACT’s Directorate General for Tourism to promote Italian minor cultural heritage, by fostering slow, spread and sustainable tourism, relieving the pressure of tourist flows on big cities and their attractors to the benefit of less known destinations – The Digital Atlas of Trails in Italy (L’Atlante Digitale dei Cammini d’Italia) proposes this different form of tourism too. A suggestion born in Europe in 2001, with the promotion of the cemeteries as acknowledged UNESCO’s heritage and the creation of the European Cemeteries Route by the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE).

Monumental Historic Cemeteries Quadriportico-di-Cristo-Verano-Rom
Christ’s square shaped portico

Italy holds the record for the longest path among monumental cemeteries (over 55% of all) spread all over Europe. Scattered all along National territory, mostly in Tuscany, Sicily and Emilia Romagna, 6 of them were included in the first draft of The Atlas of Cemeteries, while 4 are presently reached by one of the Paths of Italy, as: Rome’s Verano, Ferrara’s Monastery, Bologna’s Monastery and Genoa’s  Staglieno, each in the Map of the Paths with dedicated POI.