A short water taxi ride away from Venice is the San Michele, and the cemetery for the city. It's on the way to the glass of Murano and the lace of Burano, and visiting all three islands makes a nice day trip.
The cemetery can be visited for a small fee; a number of famous people are buried there, including Ezra Pound—the quote in the title, which I'm probably taking wildly out of context, is from one of his poems. Stravinsky is there as well.
As for the grounds themselves, they're very peaceful, though not the best kept grounds I've ever seen (the earth is moving, you can tell). It's very different than, say New England or cemeteries in the western U.S. These are also still being used to bury the city's dead.