For many people the idea of being buried or at least having their ashes scattered in Venice is hugely attractive, but traditionally this practice has been banned and it is almost impossible to get into local cemeteries.
The Daily Telegraph reports that there will be a new law next year to allow the spreading of ashes near Venice. It is currently forbidden for environmental reasons but from next year the scattering of ashes will be permitted in a few locations. According to the new law, ashes will be allowed to be scattered from a pontoon bridge near St Michael’s and at a special point 700m out into the lagoon for health and safety reasons.
At a cost
A Venice council spokeswoman said the cost for a foreigner to have their ashes scattered in the city would be 350 euros (£295) compared to 50 euros (£42) for that of a local.
Cremation was forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries because of the belief that the body is “the temple of the Holy Spirit” and that Christians will be bodily resurrected.
Until 2001 the Italian state allowed cremation but prohibited the scattering of ashes and even now only allows it in agreed places with the preference being having them kept in a cemetery.
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