Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri

Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri, Rome

Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri

Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Testaccio
Put the house music on replay and you have Testaccio, an ancient Roman port and former working class neighborhood where the bass is set to high almost every night of the week. Its collection of discoteche (nightclubs), street parties, and crowded restaurants give it its well-deserved party reputation. During the daytime, Testaccio is more easy listening than club hit, the area is full of locally owned small businesses and has one of the city's larger produce markets.
How to get there
  • Piramide • 3 min walk
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Michael
Antalya, Turkey3 contributions
Oct 2020
The place itself is a nice, well-kept and preserved cemetery which contains the tombs of some famous (Shelley, Keats) and semi-famous (Goethe's son) protestant personalities who died in Rome. But apart from that there is nothing special or extraordinary: a (private) cemetery like many others in the world (and I have visited many).

What is extraordinary, however, is the outrageously rude, impudent and disrespectful behaviour of the employees working at this place. If you want to take a peaceful stroll and take some pictures for private purposes with a camera - which is explicitly allowed in the cemetery guidelines stated on their website, btw - be prepared that some employee will approach you frantically shouting in Italian that you are not allowed to take professional pictures. If you are not Italian and ,hence, also do not speak Italian very well, be also prepared that this person will insult you as being uneducated and that you will find yourself at the front of the management's office like a criminal offender in the next moment.

Avoid this place and go to the Cimitero Verano instead where you can peacefully walk around and freely take pictures without being treated like a criminal by hysterical employees destroying the graceful atmosphere a place like this should deserve.
Written October 15, 2020
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inthecityintherain
Los Angeles, CA1,596 contributions
Aug 2019
Colloquially known as the Protestant Cemetery, this is the resting place of important non-Catholics who passed on in Rome. The Pyramid of Cestius is visible from within the cemetery as well.

Poet John Keats' grave is marked with a simple stone and the lovely words: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."
Written July 11, 2020
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Apr 2019
Located on Piazzale Ostiense, the most distinctive landmark in this area is the Piramid of Caius Cestius, it is his tomb; he died in 12 BC;
This piramid is a spectacular building in white marble stones,;
Caius had spent some time in Egypt, and it was a part of his will to built a piramid in Rome; now it is around or behind a cimetary for foreigners, to visit.
Written March 22, 2020
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,795 contributions
Jan 2020
This crowded cemetery is a peaceful oasis just outside the city walls. There are many notable people of various nationalities buried here, including a couple of English poets I believe. The weeping angel memorial is worth searching out.
Written March 4, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,676 contributions
May 2019
What a wonderful place to visit. Few tourists visiting Rome reach one of the most interesting and suggestive places, which is the non-Catholic cemetery near the Pyramid of Cestius.Tourists from around the world are looking for the grave of John Keats, who died in Rome at the age of 26 in 1821. His name is not on the tombstone; only the words 'young English poet' appear. An epitaph was also engraved: "Here lies the one whose name is written on the water." There is also often visited by the Romans and tourists the tomb of the second poet of English Romantic Percy Bysshe Shelley. You can also see the tombstone of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's son, August. The stone has the inscription: "Goethe filius". A very special cemetery in the heart of Rome.
Written March 3, 2020
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John Tagiadin
37 contributions
Nov 2019
This is the most peaceful cemetery i ever visited, the preservers have done an amazing job with the plants and if you visit it at the right time the sun shines amazingly through the trees. It's an amazing place for photographers and anyone that seeks some tranquility, just don't be too loud and respect the people that rest in this place.
Written December 13, 2019
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David T
Stroud, UK116 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We were first drawn here by the tombs of Keats and Shelley but it offers so much more. The non-catholic cemetery of Rome is a wonderful oasis from the urban hubbub that goes on around it every day. Most famously, it is the last resting place of the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley. Keats died in Rome from tuberculosis at the age of 25. He didn’t want his name on his grave and to underline the ephemeral nature of human life wanted himself simply referred to as the poet whose name was writ in water.

The cemetery is also stomping and sleeping ground for a colony of cats - all very superior and aloof because, after all, they are cats. The cemetery is very international with representatives from the main non-catholic lands of Northern Europe and America, but also from wherever Protestant communities exist.
Julius August Goethe is there and a victim not only of rather too summery forenames and the pox that killed him, but also of that tendency to define someone by their relation to apparently more illustrious relatives. He is just referred to as 'Goethe son' on his gravestone, no name, his last opportunity to assert his own identity taken from him. Not unsurprisingly, women are often the main victims of this tendency and there are regular inscriptions of the sort; here lies Camilla, loving widow of Major General Sir Humpty Flinders Burp, ICBM with Bar, victor of the Indian Campaigns and all round jolly good chap.


One of the newest arrivals is Andrea Camilleri, author of the Montalbano stories, who died in July this year.

A wonderful place to sit, stare at the Pyramid of Cestius and recharge the batteries before emerging once more into the bustle of the city.
Written November 27, 2019
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LadureeFan
Richmond, VA910 contributions
Oct 2019
What a beautifully manicured cemetery with breathtaking sculptures and some resident cats ... this is a must do. The volunteers at the entrance and in the shop are very knowledgeable. Lots of expats buried here. We used google maps to walk there but if you see the Pyramid of Cestius, you are close. Of note, the Pyramid is older than the Colosseum! Entrance is free but donations are welcome and used for upkeep.
Written November 23, 2019
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t.doreleijers
4 contributions
May 2019
when you look for some tranquility this cimetero is really worth the visit. Beautiful park and some amazingly sculptured graves.
Written November 9, 2019
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FrancyD
London, UK132 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
This is one of my favourite places in Rome. It is located just behind the Pyramid, in the neighbourhood of Testaccio. The atmosphere is absolutely quiet and some of the graves are architectural masterpiece. I enjoined walking around, discovering the names and the epitaphs on the stones. I have found it really moving and relaxing. Famous people are buried there from the poet Keats to the father of Montalbano, Andrea Camilleri. This place is magic and absolutely beautiful. There are volunteers near the entrance to show you the way, and a little shop for memorabilia. There is also a colony of cats. They follow you during your visit or they look at you from their nap places. Just behind the pyramid there are some benches and during the good season you can enjoy the sun and be inspired by this unique place. It worths more than a visit.
Written November 4, 2019
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