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Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale di Milano)

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It might seem strange to visit a cemetery during your vacation, but once you get a peek at the architecture that makes up Monumental Cemetery, you'll see why it's considered such a must-visit site. Opened near the end of the 19th century, Il Cimitero Monumentale is filled with graves, yes, but also Greek temples, ornate obelisks and impressive, nearly life-like sculptures throughout. The cemetery is so decorative, travelers say it could easily double as an outdoor museum. The reason the cemetery looks as beautiful as it does is because parts of the cemetery were once exclusively reserved for the rich and famous. So instead of rows of basic tombstones, the near and dear of the departed adorned burial sites with, or turned them into, works of art. Travelers say it doesn't take long to run into some pretty moving graves (think: angels standing over plots, statues spread out crying over tombs), make sure to keep an eye out for the bronze "Last Supper" recreation, a burial site that belonged to a prominent Campari family. 

Located north of the city center, you can hop off the Monumentale metro stop to get to Monumental Cemetery. The cemetery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays and is free to visit. Allot a couple hours here, as travelers say they ended up staying way longer than they had anticipated. For more information, you can visit the Milan tourism board's website

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