The Literary Route

From the romantic poets to the great literature of the 20th century

In this path we find the graves of  a number of important writers buried in our Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

A path of 18 graves which, not including breaks takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Percorso della Letteratura

From the cursed poets to the great literature of the 20th century

In this path there are all the graves of the characters of cultural and literary importance buried in our non-Catholic cemetery in Rome

To find out more about the history of individual single tombs, please click on the names in the list below or visit our tomb database


The Literary Route

  1. Gadda, Carlo Emilio (1893-1973)Italian writer, author of Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (That Awful Mess on Via Merulana) – V; 8; 13
  2. Keats, John (1795-1821)English Romantic poet, Lamia, Endymion and the 1819 Odes, are among his most famous works – Parte Antica
  3. Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)English Romantic poet, husband of writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind and Adonais are some of his most famous works – V; 16; 2
  4. Corso, Gregory (1930-2001)American poet, member of the Beat Generation; he published various poetry collections, including Gasoline and The Happy Birthday of Death – V; 15; 11
  5. Waiblinger, Wilhelm Friederich (1804-1830)German Romantic poet, author of the first biography of Hölderlin – 1; 15; 14
  6. Meysenbug, Malwida von (1818-1903) –German writer, sympathetic with the 1848 revolutions and friend of Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Wagner; she taught the daughters of Russian writer Alexander Herzen, the so-called “father of Russian socialism”  – 1; 14; 18
  7. Howitt, Mary e William (1799-1888; 1792-1879)English authors; William wrote on history and spirituality, Mary is remembered for her poetry The Spider and The Fly, which has often been quoted in music, movies and literature – 1; 9; 28
  8. Fenimore Woolson, Constance (1840-1894)American writer, grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper and friend of Henry James, author of Anne and other novels – V;13;12
  9. Dana, Richard Henry (1815-1882)American lawyer and writer, author of Two Years Before the Mast – 1; 10; 38
  10. Hauch Johannes Carsten (1790-1872)Danish Romantic poet and writer, author of various poems, novels and plays – 1; 12; 57
  11. Rosselli, Amelia (1930-1996)Anglo-Italian multilingual poet and translator, daughter of Italian antifascist Carlo Rosselli; her published works includes Impromptu and Variazioni belliche – 2; 8; 8
  12. D’Eramo, Luce (1925-2001)pseudonym of Lucette Mangione, Italian writer, author of the autobiographical Deviazione and other novels – 2; 1; 8; 11
  13. Ballantyne, Robert Michael (1825-1894) – Scottish writer, author of The Coral Island and other works of juvenile fiction – 2; 15; 18
  14. Bellezza, Dario (1944-1996)Italian poet, his collection Invettive e licenze (1971) was praised by Pasolini, who called Bellezza “the best poet of the new generation” – 2; 9; 28
  15. Whiting, Bertie (1923-1988)Australian poet who served in Burma as Lord Mountbatten’s aide-de-camp during World War II before dedicating himself to poetry and moving to Italy – 3; 2; 4; 13
  16. Mafai, Miriam (1926-2012)Italian writer and journalist, author of Pane Nero, a work describing women’s life during World War II – 2; 0; 13
  17. Boyd, Martin à Beckett (1893-1972)Australian novelist, memoirist and poet, the experiences of Anglo-Australian upper and middle classes is a recurrent theme in his works – 2; 1; 6
  18. Wilcock, Juan Rodolfo (1919-1978)Argentinian poet, writer, translator and literary critic, naturalized Italian, author of works in Spanish and Italian – 1; 1; 4


Time: About 60 minutes

Difficulty: Average

Tips: The route covers various zones of the cemetery. Many graves are not on the main path and you need to use location references or photos to locate them. During the tour, inside the cemetery, it is strictly forbidden to smoke, drink and consume food, lean or sit on the graves and film in the cemetery. For information on the type of photos allowed, you can refer to the Visitor Center. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes for the walk and to pay attention to the large roots on the paths, especially in the Zona Seconda and we suggest you bring protective cream during the hottest period.


Please find below the stages of this route:

  1. Bellezza Dario
  2. Italian poet, among his collections: Invettive e licenze praised by Pasolini, who called Bellezza the best poet of the new generation. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 9 Position: 28

  3. Dana, Richard Henry
  4. American lawyer and writer, author of the nautical book Two Years Before the Mast. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 10 Position: 38

  5. Gadda Carlo Emilio
  6. Italian writer, poet and engineer, he marked the narrative of the twentieth century through with a highly original mixture of different languages​. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 8 Position: 13

  7. Hauch, Johannes Carsten
  8. Danish poet. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 12 Position: 57

  9. Howitt, Mary (Born Botham)
  10. This is the tomb of two English writers William and Mary Howitt. Read More

  11. Howitt, William
  12. This is the tomb of two English writers William and Mary Howitt. Read More

  13. Mafai Maria detta Miriam
  14. Italian writer and journalist, author of Pane Nero, which talks about the daily life of women in the Second World War. Read More

  15. Meysenbug, Malwida Von
  16. German writer ( in particular Memoirs of an Idealist). Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 14 Position: 18

  17. Waiblinger, Wilhelm
  18. A student of theology at the Tübingen seminary, he was more interested in poetry and literature. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 15 Position: 14

  19. Whiting Bertram Ronald
  20. Australian poet, writer and diarist. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 2 Row: 4 Position: 13

  21. Wilcock Juan Rodolfo
  22. Argentinian-born poet, writer, translator and literary critic. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 1 Position: 4

  23. Rosselli Amelia
  24. Multilingual poet and Anglo-Italian translator, daughter of the anti-fascist Carlo Rosselli, her collections include Impromptu and Variazioni belliche. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 8 Position: 8

  25. Mangione Lucette, In Arte Luce D’Eramo
  26. Pseudonym of Lucette Mangione, Italian writer, among her works is the autobiographical novel Deviazione. Read More

  27. Ballantyne Robert Michael
  28. Pseudonym of Lucette Mangione, Italian writer, among her works is the autobiographical novel Deviazione. Read More

The complete guide to find a grave

All the graves of the Non-Catholic Cemetery can be located through the position details that can be read within each single buried person’s page or gravestone’s page itself.

Exact position can be located by 4 simple fields: The Area (Zona), The quarter (Riquadro), The Row (Fila) and The Position (Posizione).


The Areas (Zona)

The Non-Catholic cemetery of Rome is composed by 5 large areas. All areas are bounded by walkable paths, so they are very easy to locate.

ATTENTION: We gently remind to all visitors that the Antica(A) area is a flat and grassy garden, and the graves are scattered in a very informal fashion. Furthermore we suggest you to exclusively refer to the walk’s map and also to the photo of the gravestone to locate the exact position.


The quarter* (Riquadro) *valid only for the Terza Zona (3)

The quarter is strictly related to the Terza Zona of the cemetery.

This area is divided into 4 quadrants numbered as shown in this map.

Only the graves in the Terza Zona will have the quarter indicated in the position information.

The field that represent the quarter will be empty/not visible in each other grave except the graves in the Terza Zona.

Please note that to identify any tomb it is always possible to refer to the walk’s map and to the photo of the grave.





The Row (Fila) 

The graves in the cemetery are mostly laid out in ordered rows.

Only the Zona Antica(A) and the tombs along the walls, for example ossuaries, are an exception.

In order to count the row number it is necessary to recognize the lower part of the cemetery as a reference. The Non-Catholic cemetery in fact extends over a slight slope (except for the Zona Antica which is flat but does not have rows).

The first row will always be the one at the lowest level compared to the others.

Once the first row is identified it will be easy to count all the others rows.



The Position (Posizione)

It is used to locate the grave within the reference row.

The position can be identified by counting the graves from left to right.

The count must be made always starting from the left end of the area where the tomb is located.