Island of San Michele
In the Catholic sections of San Michele Cemetery, most graves are dug up after 12
years and the skeletons or shrunken remains of the dead are transferred to metal
ossuary boxes. The boxes are then stored permanently in mausoleums. (The
cemetery provides watering cans and rolling stairs for the convenience of
relatives who want to leave flowers or wash the tombs.)
Warning: If you're buried here and your relatives haven't arranged for
perpetual care, your bones will be transferred to a communal ossuary or boneyard
after you've done your 12 years of time underground.
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