Considered one of the most beautiful, fascinating cemeteries in Europe, this veritable open-air museum was designed by the architect Carlo Barabino in 1835 and built by Giovanni Battista Resasco, who continued his master’s work. Nietzsche, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain and Elizabeth of Austria (the famous Empress Sisi) are just a few of the many writers, intellectuals and historic figures who were enchanted by the site and mentioned it in their writings.
Within the walls of the cemetery is the Cappella dei Suffragi (Chapel of Intercessions), also known as the Pantheon, which preserves the memory of Genoa's greats, while in the Boschetto Irregolare (irregular woods), inspired by the designs of romantic gardens, we can admire the tombs of Mazzini and other heroes of the Risorgimento. The galleries and porticoes that make up the original centre of the cemetery are lined with hundreds of monuments of Ligurian sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries, created by artists of international renown. Especially worth mentioning are "La Venditrice di Noccioline" (the Peanut Seller) by Lorenzo Orengo, the "Bracelli Spinola Tomb" by Santo Varni, the "Oneto Tomb" by Giulio Monteverde, and the "Carpaneto Tomb" by Giovanni Scanzi.
Guided tours on Saturday (unless otherwise indicated) in Italian language and in English and French on request.
Here the different itineraries:
h. 10:00am - 1. Why Staglieno?
Following an itinerary which includes the historic portico and the closely related areas and observing some of the most representative tombs, we can understand the reasons why Staglieno is so important as a cultural and social phenomenon; among these, the famous "nuts seller", Caterina Campodonico, or "Oneto angel", Giulio Monteverde's masterpiece and the "Appiani tomb" that appeared on the cover of "Closer" the famous album of the Joy Division. The arrival point is the chapel where Fabrizio De André (the unforgettable Italian songwriters and singer) is buried, coming through the Protestant area, where Constance Lloyd, Oscar Wilde's wife, rests. Genoa, the Lady of the Sea, as Francesco Petrarca defined it, shows its vocation to multiculturalism also through its own Cemetery.
at h. 11:30am two different visits to choose:
h. 11:30am - 2. Symbols, flowers and stone lace
Delicate stone flowers, small animals, books, dresses and hairstyles for sore mothers and orphans; rudders and globes for captains of the sea and sailors; codes, pens and inkwells for senators and politicians; coins and austere busts for the benefactors: the language of many symbols such as hope, humanity and memory is the guideline of this visit that focuses on the lower part of the historical quadrilateral, where we find works of great value by artists such as Giovanni Scanzi, Santo Saccomanno, Lorenzo Orengo and Santo Varni, and continuing along the Israeli and Protestant areas.
h. 11:30am - 2. Staglieno, art between earth and sky
Staglieno Cemetery is a unicum in the international artistic scene. In this true open-air museum, the art of the nineteenth century is reflected in its various representations: the neoclassical style, mastered by Santo Varni, the bourgeois realism, of which Lorenzo Orengo is a master, the symbolism, fascinating and magnetic dominant character of works by Giulio Monteverde, author of one of the international symbols of Staglieno, Oneto angel. Also the art of the twentieth century, of which Edoardo De Albertis is one of the most representative artists, is strongly present.
The route focuses more on the upper porticos of the historic quadrilateral, where we find several works of the mentioned artists and from which we enter the Pantheon and the chapel of intercessions, crucial point of the quadrilateral and place of the Genoese memory, with the tombs of the "illustrious" citizens.
h.3:00pm - 3. Staglieno, the Risorgimento and the liberation: stories of men and ideals
This itinerary focuses on the historical importance of some characters who, although in different periods and ways, have been able to indefinitely mark Italian history. Starting from the Field of the Fallen during World War II, the Italians and foreign partisans, who fought on the Ligurian mountains; the route leads us back in time, into the "irregular grove", where some of the main exponents of the Italian Risorgimento rest; Giuseppe Mazzini, whose grave is an unavoidable stage and starting point for national identity representation.
- Full price: 5,00 €
- Reduced: 4,00 € (12-18 y.o. and over 65)
- Children up to 12: free
Sales Points: Tourist Information Offices (IAT) or directly by the tour guide at the meeting point
Meeting point: Statua della Fede, in the central area of the cemetery