It’s Zombie time!
The 4,000 residents of Falciano del Massico, a town some 50 kilometers north of Naples, have been challenged with a recent order by mayor Giulio Cesare Fava. The document reads that “it is forbidden for residents … to go beyond the boundaries of earthly life, and to go into to the afterlife.”
A dispute broke out between del Massico and the neighboring town of Carinola, from which it gained autonomy in 1964. Carinola has owned the cemetery since.
“The problem arose when they subdivided the land, because when they divided the territory, the administrators did not think about the fact that the town of Falciano would not have its own cemetery,” the mayor explained.
Many Italians build beautiful little mausoleums where they can visit their departed family members, so there’s a cultural dimension that may escape us here.