A Cemetary Sanctuary, Pyramide

This subtropical garden cemetery is highly recommended as an alternative to a park day. Couples walk hand in hand in this ‘non-catholic’ cemetery hugged by ancient walls overlooked by a towering ancient pyramid tombstone. Get off the metro blue line at ‘Piramide’, keep the tombstone on your left and take the first left. The ecclectic mix of graves are set in steppes surrounded by gravel paths and sleeping cats (a cat sanctuary also resides here). The grave of John Keats (English Romantic Poet) is set in a picturesque grassy area of low trees and benches in the shade of the pyramid tombstone. This is , just like the Keats and Shelley Museum (search in keyword tab for ‘Keats and Shelley’) a calming oasis amid the fast paced chaos outside. Shelley is also buried here. This place is a warm memory of mine when I lived in the area, propped against a tree getting away from the busy pace of Rome. The history of the cemetary is compelling (a pope-sanctioned small space outside the city walls in the 18th Century meant for English protestants). There is a little visitors centre inside to learn more, or just amuse yourself wandering amid the romantic surroundings. Free entry, open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) and Sunday 9am-1pm. www.protestantcemetery.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

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