Hidden treasures

The empty tomb in San Michael cemetery in Venice

Mysteries & Legends
Cimitero_Venezia

The empty tomb in San Michael cemetery in Venice

The small island in the Venice lagoon that can be seen when heading to Murano houses the Venice cemetery, founded during the 19th century and still used nowadays as the burial place for Venice residents.

Here many illustrious personalities are buried, such as the psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, the scientist Christian Doppler, the musician Igor Stravinsky, the artist Emilio Vedova and many more. Visiting the Venice cemetery is a very touching experience, also for the many peculiar details that characterize it.

To mention just one, in the section reserved for nuns there is a tomb that has been enshrining a mystery for over sixty years. This is the tomb of Mother Vittora Gregoris of the Convent of San Francesco della Vigna, who died in 1947 in odour of sanctity.

When she was near her death, the nun told the sisters kneeled at her bed that, if her grave was to be opened, her body wouldn't be found. Indeed, when exhumation took place after six years, the coffin only contained her clothes and a rosary, and no traces of her bones or body could be found…

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The gondolier: the warrior of the lagoon

gondoliere
Mysteries & Legends

Everybody knows who a gondolier is and what he does: he is the person who, with dedication and ability, propels the gondola, the tradit...

View

Venice: Why is it called Titian Red?

rosso_tiziano
Figures of speech

Do you recall the sensual ‘Venus of Urbino’ or the elegant ‘Woman in the mirror’ by Tiziano Vecellio? Now, just focus on the re...

View

Cortina D'ampezzo: A Museum in the Clouds in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Museo-delle-Nuvole-Monte-Rite-a-Cibiana
Mysteries & Legends

If you reach the summit of Mount Rite at 2181 meters near Cortina d'Ampezzo, it will come as a surprise to find among the barren dolomi...

View

Venice: The Twin Bottles: art says NO to plastic in the sea

the_twin_bottles
Did you know that...

Did you know that on the Grand Canal of Venice, near Palazzo Ca' Vendramin Calergi there are two huge floating crushed bottles? They ar...

View

Top posts

Venice: How much does a gondola ride cost?

gondola
Did you know that...

Have you decided to visit Venice and included a nice gondola ride on the list of things to do? How could we blame you! Is there anythin...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Treviso: The ghost of Bianca di Collalto

castello-collalto
Mysteries & Legends

On the night between October 31 and November 1, telling a scary ghost story is a must... We have one related to the castle of Collalto,...

View

Padua: Prato della Valle in Padua

prato-della-valle
Historical Curiosities

Probably only the inhabitants of Padua and a few other people know of a particular record their city is boasting about: having the larg...

View