2-Cimitero-Monumentale
Cimitero monumentale, San Michele (Venezia)
Photo by: Massimo (Jerry Drake)
Cimitero monumentale, San Michele (Venezia)
Photo by: Massimo (Jerry Drake)

Walking In Circles Blog

2: Nel Mezzo del Cammin

From the Grave to the Cradle 

Taking inspiration from Dante’s great opener on the universality of the mid-life crisis, this blog feed and walk explores interwoven routes reflecting the journey from birth to death in Venice, taking in the institutions that symbolise the ‘phases of life’: schools, professional guilds, religious orders and the like. It will meander via the four historical hospitals: Pietà (foundlings) Mendicanti or ‘Ospedaletto’ (Poor) Derelitti (Sick) Incurabili (Incurables or Syphilitic) before heading inevitably to San Michele, the island cemetery. I’ll be looking for signs in the urban landscape that reflect on death, life and everything in between throughout the ages.