I had the opportunity to travel to Cremona, Italy with my husband, who was there for a work trip. As we drove back to our hotel after his meeting we passed this cemetery. I love cemeteries and it looked like an old one. How I know I married the right man? He agreed to stop and walk through the cemetery with me, knowing we had no family there.
This was one of the most beautiful cemeteries that I had ever seen and I wish all of my family could be buried someplace like this. Most of the memorials had pictures and flowers on them. How beautiful is must be to see a picture of your ancestor when vising the cemetery.
As I walked around this cemetery I felt the love the families had for their ancestors and their memory. This is why I love cemeteries, because we can show the love and respect for our deceased loved ones.
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Interesting to see the photo portraits on the graves. I have seen this on select stones in rural cemeteries in upstate New York. Now I’m thinking it was a tradition of immigrant families from back home.
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If I find time during traveling abroad, I do love visiting cemetries all over the world. And I always check if I am able to find a grave with my family’s surname. As it is very, very unique (even for a German name), I always know that I found a very distant relative, whenever I find the name on a cemetry.
Is this similar for you, Jennifer?
Frank, I have not visited many cemeteries abroad and have not checked for my surnames. When I was in Istha I did visit the cemetery and found several familiar surnames. My surnames are not unique.
20 years ago, when staying in USA for 6 months, I even check telephone books in every city staying overnight. Was a big fun and pleasure for me, when I saw my surname anywhere. Told me how far my family did spread. But apart on the Michigan woman I told you in email I never tried to contact any possible distant relative
Frank, When I was in Kassel a sweet lady offered to use the phone book and call my surnames to see if we were related but I did not take her up on that offer. Jennifer
By the way, some worrying observation people more and more frequently do make here in Europe: getting harassed relating to a dead relative on or around the anniversary of that relatives death. Like contacting family members and trying to fool them, bag or steal money from them, etc. on days when family likely to be in vulnerable state of mood. It has been discovered that such crooks doing so, collect names and dates from tombstones. Therefore people are more and more just stating only year of birth & death on tombstones instead of complete dates.
Just in case you see such and wonder why such is done
Thank you for this information.