Krzysztof Dydynski/Lonely Planet
Statue on a tomb on Venice's peaceful Island of the Dead
The lagoon isle of San Michele has been Venice's Island of the Dead since around 1800. With inhabitants including the classical composer Igor Stravinsky and the poets Joseph Brodsky and Ezra Pound, you can almost imagine delicate violin strains and mournful stanzas of poetry drifting around the cypress trees and the 15th-century church and cloister. It's a lovely peaceful place with only the slightest hint of spookiness.
10 National Heroes are buried in this world famous cemetary, war veterans!