The non Catholic cemetery, often referred to as the Cimitero degli Inglesi (Englishmen's Cemetery) is located in the Piramide area, alongside the famous Testaccio quarter, also known as Monte dei cocci (an artificial mound in Rome composed almost entirely of testae (Italian: cocci), fragments of broken amphorae dating from the time of the Roman Empire).
Ancient cypress trees, the green grass surrounding the graves, the white pyramid standing behind the roman walls, together with the cats sunbathing or walking undisturbed among the multilanguage gravestones, confer to this cemetery its incomparable style. It was founded in 1821 because of the increasing number of foreign visitors going to Rome to see its historical and artistic treasures during the so- called Grand Tour. In this cemetery Protestants and all the non Catholics are buried, like the famous Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci.
The most famous graves are those of the English poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Story, a famous US sculptor. Above his grave, in which he is buried with his wife, there is a famous sculpture made by Story himself for his wife's tomb. The statue called "The Angel of Grief" represents a moaning angel laying on the grave. The sculptor died soon after this work. The visitor will be impressed by the realism of this sculpture, languidly abandoned in its grief; its beauty is renowned worldwide.
A holiday in a bed and breakfast in Rome can be the opportunity to learn about some places not really tourists but absolutely unique for their charm. One of these is the Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome, better known as Englishmen’s Cemetery.
It is located in the Piramide district next to the famous quarter of Testaccio and Monte dei Cocci, a perfect area for nightlife lovers. If you’re staying in a b&b in the area of Testaccio or Piramide you shouldn’t miss this charming place.
HOW TO GET THERE
B line underground -Piramide Station
VISITING HOURS from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm (last entry 4:30pm) free entry! ( Sunday Closed)
OFFICIAL WEB SITE http://www.cemeteryrome.it/about/about.html