From cemeteries to old churches and curios spots in the city, here's a list of the most spooky destinations to celebrate Halloween 2019 at its best.
A map of these venues follows
Before you start reading, please note that Halloween is not a ‘native’ celebration for Italians, as it has been ‘taken for rent’ from Anglo-Saxon countries; though it has now become one of the most well-loved celebrations of the year.
Nightlife on Halloween's day
Italians do not have holiday on 31 October, however on the 1st of November they have a free day, since it is all Saints’ Day, a religious feast (Roman Catholic Church) and a tradition in Italy. This means that on the night of 31 young Italians go out for dancing and having parties in the best locations of the cities and Milan makes no exception.
'Scary' Locations to Visit in Milan
If you want to celebrate Halloween by visiting some special locations or if you simply would like to avoid mainstream attractions and their queues (remember that 1 November is holiday for Italians), you could opt for a visit to the following locations.
Crypt of Santo Sepolcro
Following 50 years of restorations, this extraordinary archaeological monument, located in the heart of Milan, just footsteps from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, has re-opened its doors to the public. This church was also mentioned in Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus as ‘the real median of Milan’.
Monumental Cemetery of Milan
Many renowned Italian and international personalities repose in Milan’s most famous cemetery, the Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale in Italian), such a sumptuous and majestic sight to be considered one of the most architecturally valuable monuments in Italy. Set just a short distance from the heart of the city, this graveyard complex is a true sight of interest both for locals and tourists thanks to the beauty of its buildings and to the harmony between its parts, which turn it into a true open-air museum.
San Bernardino alle Ossa
San Bernadino delle Ossa is of Medieval origin with an eccentric Baroque restyle twist. Decorated with shinbones and human skulls, it is the ideal location for a spooky Halloween selfie to share with friends.