Venice is billed “as the city where happiness is eternal,” he said in a statement issued by City Hall.
There will be plenty of room: The tomb chamber previously held seven corpses.
The two nearby chapels available — the Testolini Quadri, with a base price of more than €256,000, and the slightly larger Azzano, starting at over €277,000 — each sleep, so to speak, two corpses and countless funerary urns for ashes or bones. Two other chapels — the Venier and the Olivieri — are in other quadrants.
The cemetery was built during the French occupation of Venice, when it was decreed that burying the dead on the main islands was unsanitary. It was later enlarged.
Until 1954, all private tombs in the city, whether below or above ground, were leased for eternity. Since then, the city of Venice has leased tombs for a varying number of years. In some cases, leases can be renewed.
Otherwise, graves are exhumed on a schedule posted at the cemetery entrance and on its website. Exhumations take place throughout the year, aside from July and August, when “it’s too hot,” said Maurizio Zaranto, the cemetery’s manager. The remains can be cremated, and the ashes can go into a columbarium niche for 30 years, renewable for 20 more. Or bones can be deposited into the cemetery’s common ossuary.