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Cimitero Acattolico di Roma


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A partial view of the newer section.

The English-speaking world knows this place as the "Protestant Cemetery", but its official name is the "Cimitero Acattolico": a cemetery for non-Catholics — and in fact the dead include Jews and a sizable contingent of Orthodox Christians. The English-speaking world, again, knows it as the burial place of Keats and Shelley (until I get my own pages online, see here and here, respectively); in Italy it is known as that of Gramsci, the founder of Italian Marxism.

The older section overlooks the Pyramid of Cestius (for a photo, see my page on the Pyramid) and is much less crowded than what you see above, more like a modern American cemetery; the graves are generally marked by simple headstones. The newer section is a densely packed street-grid of stone tombs and vaults in an eclectic mix of styles.

Flowering trees and shrubs thruout, and cats decoratively draped over the monuments or sunning themselves everywhere: it has been said that this is one of the few cemeteries that makes you want to die.


A few of the more interesting tombs will gradually be appearing on this site. The first is that of Augustus William Hare.


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Page updated: 21 Dec 13