Venice undertakers offering bargain burials
'Flowers not included'22 August, 16:38
"So no flowers," said owner Andrea Coin. Prices in the city can be very high due to the cost of transporting the departed by boat and scarce space at the city's sole cemetery on the island of San Michele, where tourists flock to visit the tombstones of famous artists and writers such as Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky and Joseph Brodsky. Bargain funerals do not include services at the cemetery island's chapel.
Rome-based undertaker Giorgio Lorenzetti says his competitive services in Venice will include flowers when he expands north later this year.
But ceremonies will only be guaranteed after 3:00 in the afternoon, reserving the morning hours for higher-spending customers, he said.