Visiting a cemetery in Italy can always be marked as a special experience, this because the entourage and the decorations of the tombstones give you more of an ‘art gallery’ feel then a place where people have been layed to rest. The same goes for the ‘Cemitero Acattolico per gli Staineri‘ in Rome. A final resting place for non-Catholic foreigners who have lived in the capital of Italy. Here you’ll find some impressive works of art that represent the graves of the Germans, British, French and also the Dutch.
Most notable is the nameless grave of the poet John Keats, whitch carries the following inscription:
“This grave contains all that was mortal, of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart, at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, Desired thesis Words to be engraven on his tombstone: Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.”
Also a particular work of art: the statue of the fallen angel (see header), which is so precious that it needs to be guarded by cameras 24/7!
The small but impressive cemetery has recently been restored and is maintained by a small group of volunteers. For those who want to experience something beautiful and unique the cemetery is really worth the visit. In this it would also be interesting to see ‘Myrtle Hill‘, that lies around the corner. An equally impressive cemetery where the soldiers who fell during World War 2 are buried. Do keep in mind the visiting hours: daily between 11.00 and 15.00.
The ‘Cemitero Acattolico per gli Staineri’ is located in the Testaccio district on Via Caio Cestio, behind the ‘Pyramid of Cestius‘ (that’s right, Rome has it’s own Pyramid!) and near the Porta San Paolo subway station.
More information about the ‘Cimitero Acattolico’ can be found here: www.cemeteryrome.it