San Michele cemetery in Venice, Italy. Part Two

San Michele cemetery - decorated tomb, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - decorated tomb, Venice, Italy

From the courtyard you can move on in many different directions. We chose the nearest gate and there we saw a small, contemporary part of the cemetery with ordinary graves - nothing really special. We have read somewhere that San Michele is supposed to be the resting place for the Venetians only for 10 years. After that time the ashes are moved to some other cemeteries. You know - the space, or rather lack of it. But the truth is that we found quite a lot of contemporary graves that were more than ten years old.

San Michele cemetery - newer part, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - newer part, Venice, Italy

We continued our trip not really bothered by other people. There were only a few of them, some definitely tourists, and one or two people visiting their late relatives. The peacefulness of this place made us feel very relaxed. We had a break and sat on a bench.

San Michele cemetery - a bench, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - a bench, Venice, Italy

Such information boards were put in several places in the cemetery to make the sightseeing easier.

San Michele cemetery map, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery map, Venice, Italy

We found out that in this part of the Cimitero there were some military graves. Some of them were very ingenious indeed. Have a look yourselves.

San Michele cemetery - winged gravestone, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - winged gravestone, Venice, Italy
San Michele cemetery - military part - eagle grave, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - military part - eagle grave, Venice, Italy
San Michele cemetery - eagle gravestone, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - eagle gravestone, Venice, Italy
San Michele cemetery - anchor grave, Venice, ItalySan Michele cemetery - anchor grave, Venice, Italy

All around the place you could see a red brick wall surrounding San Michele island.

(to be continued)