American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture

Working with Camposanto di Staglieno, Genoa, Italy

The monumental cemetery of Staglieno in Genoa, Italy is the largest outdoor sculpture museum in Europe and houses the finest collection of mid 19th to mid 20th century Italian marble sculpture, yet it is almost completely overlooked. Genoa is not part of the “grand tour” of Italy, and cemeteries rarely get the attention of art lovers, art historians, or tourists, so even within Italy this incredible place is almost unknown.

The magnificent treasures of Staglieno are part of our cultural heritage. You can help American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture (AFIMS) continue its work with the City of Genoa to preserve the art and artistic legacy of the Camposanto di Staglieno. Learn more about our mission.


Learn about the sculptures we will restore in the coming months.


One restoration is currently in progress, with another starting next week. See how the work is progressing.


We have completed eight restorations. Before, during and after photos tell the story of this delicate work.

We all understand donating to help in cases of natural disaster, hunger, and health care, but now, more than ever, it is important to preserve our culture and arts. These masterpieces will show future generations the depth and breath of our capacity to create magnificent works, using only the simplest of tools and materials. Iron hammers, steel chisels, and blocks of stone telling stories of love, sadness, dreams, passions and faith. The links above will show you what we have been doing and are now planning; and visit our Sculpture Garden photo galleries, to get a taste of the wonders of Staglieno Cemetery.


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Staglieno, The Art of the Marble Carver. This book is available for purchase.