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Cimitero acattolico

Via Caio Cestio - 00153 Rome β€·
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Particularly picturesque, this small cemetery is non-Catholic, so it is commonly called Protestant, but in reality it collects the mortal remains, as well as Protestants, atheists and professors of other religions.

The "field" is included between the Aurelian Walls, to which it is close, and Via Caio Cestio, from which it is divided by a boundary wall with slits. Inside the wall an avenue that runs from the entrance all the way to the end.

Among its cypress and pine trees there are tombs of many great artists, and of famous people, also visible from the outside from the loopholes of the wall, among which we will remember:
Enrico Coleman, famous painter of the Roman countryside;
the tomb of three English aviators, with crosses formed by helices;
August Goethe, the poet's natural son, who died in 1830, before his father;
Malvida von Meysenburg, writer, died in 1903, and friend of Mazzini, Herzen, Wabner and Nietzche;
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet, drowned on July 8, 1822, just thirty years old, in the gulf of La Spezia. His body was returned from the sea near Viareggio, Byron had it cremated and the transport of his ashes was handled by Edward J. Trelawny, who died in 1881 and was buried near Shelley himself.
Antonio Gramsci, died in 1937 (the inscription osse et cineres on the grave).

At the bottom of the cemetery there is a small gate which leads to the Old Cemetery. It is the first "field" that the Pope's government granted to non-Catholics for their burial.

In the Old Cemetery you can see, among others, the tombs of:
John Keats, English poet, with the inscription: Here lies one whose name was writ in water - 24.2.1821;
Joseph Seven, painter friend of his, died in 1879 and buried next to it.

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