Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Venice undertakers offering bargain burials


(ANSA) - Venice, August 22 - Venice morticians are locked in
a bidding war, offering no-frills, low-cost burials on the
lagoon island as recession-weary customers pay closer attention
to cost.
"Why spend more when you can have the same service for
less?" read 100 posters across the city from Agenzia Onoranze
Funebri Rossi.
The funeral-services provider is offering "respectful and
professional" funerals and burials for the fixed bargain price
of 1,380 euros.
"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.

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