Back to Our Lady of Sorrow, adjacent to the church are two cemeteries, commonly referred to as “the rich people’s cemetery” and “the poor people’s cemetery”. The “rich people’s cemetery” was built in the 1890s by the families of men who had emigrated to California, bringing back a small fortune. In December of 1891, Antonio Tognazzini—who bequeathed the building that is now an old people’s home to the Municipality of Someo—sent a request to the local authorities to build a second cemetery next to the existing public one. The Municipality rejected the proposal, but Mr. Tognazzini received approval from the Canton and the cemetery was built the following year. Unlike any other cemetery in our region, the tombs in this newer cemetery are sumptuous and monumental, and the families buried here can be traced back to some of the genteel 19th century residences that line the main road into the village.
To open the gate into the “cimitero degli americani”, lift the bottom lever upwards. More or less in front of you, you will see the monument commemorating Virginia Peri, with the beautiful marble statue by Ettore Rossi, father of renowned local sculptor Remo Rossi (1909-1982). The monument reads:
Virginia Peri nata Righetti
la sua missione compiva amorosamente eroica
quando celere nel viaggio di sua vita
come belva in agguato
la rapiva ai diletti la morte.
Fu suo culto libertà umanità famiglia
sua gioia il sorriso di Erina settenne
e delle sorelline minori Albina e Leontina
suo premio l’amore del marito l’affetto della famiglia
la stima di quanti la conobbero
nata in Point Reyes California il 31.5.1876
morta in Livorno il 14.5.1914.
Virginia Peri was born Righetti (originally from Someo) in Point Reyes, California, in 1876 and died in Livorno, Italy, in 1914 at the age of 38. She left behind a seven-year old daughter, Erina, and two younger sisters, Albina and Leontina. The cemetery hosts several dilapidated statues, but this one has a special haunting beauty to it.
In primavera 2011 verrà presentato l’Archivio dei nomi di luogo di Someo, accompagnato da una mostra fotografica.