About Us

About-UsThe Italian Cemetery was founded in 1899 by La Società Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza, which is the oldest continuously existing Italian-American organization in the United States, established in 1858.

In 1978, the Italian Cemetery became a non-profit, public-benefit corporation administered by a board of directors. Any proceeds from the operation of the cemetery are directly reinvested into the upkeep of the property and into new construction.
The Italian Cemetery mausoleums have been acclaimed in various publications as well as in the media for their architectural uniqueness and design.

Each mausoleum is designed and built in accordance with a master plan, reflecting family-centered values and Old World traditions. Monuments, statuary and garden crypts are in balance with the surrounding flower beds, shrubbery and well-maintained trees in the manner of European cemeteries. Architecture, landscaping, sculpture and atmosphere combine to preserve the pride of Italian heritage.

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle, entitled “Memorial Portraits in Stone,” noted that the Italian Cemetery “. . . represents the art form at its highest evolutionary point.”
As you continue your visit through this website, you will see how the Italian Cemetery combines Old World charm with the most modern trends in memorial architecture.