The Most Visited Graves Route

From the ancient part of the cemetery to the present day

In this list you can find the names of the 14 most visited graves in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

To know the history of the individual graves click on the names in the list below or visit the page of our grave database.

The Most Visited Graves Route

From the ancient part of the cemetery to the present day

In this list you can find the names of the 14 most visited graves in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

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

 

The Most Visited Graves Route

  1. Bruloff, Karl Pavlovich (born Charles Bruleau 1799-1852 )Russian artist, The Last Day of Pompeii is among his most famous works – V; 3; 18
  2. Severn, Joseph (1793-1879)British consul, painter and friend of poet John Keats, whom he looked after during the last months of his life in Rome – Parte Antica
  3. Keats, John (1795-1821) – English Romantic poet, Lamia, Endymion and the 1819 Odes are among his most famous works – Parte Antica
  4. Langton, George (1716-1738) – English student; first remains found at the foot of the Pyramid and transferred to the Cemetery – Parte Antica
  5. MacDonald, James (1741-1766) – Scottish nobleman; tomb designed by Piranesi – Parte Antica
  6. William Wetmore Story (1819-1895) – American sculptor, he designed the Angel of Grief in memory of his wife Emelyn; he was later buried here himself – V; 15; 7
  7. 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 
  8. 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
  9. Andersen, Hendrik (1872-1940) – Norwegian-American sculptor and urban planner, much of his work revolved around the idea of designing a perfect World City – 1; 7; 10
  10. Goethe, August (1789-1830) – German, son of Wolfgang Goethe, he was a member of the court of Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach – 1; 14; 20
  11. Pontecorvo, Bruno (1913-1993) – Italian-born physicist naturalized Russian; he was one of Enrico Fermi’s pupils and a member of the Via Panisperna boys, a group of young physicists who discovered slow neutrons, which later made possible the construction of the atomic bomb and the first nuclear reactor – 3; 1; 2; 2
  12. Camilleri, Andrea (1925-2019) – Italian writer, author of detective stories featuring Sicilian Commissario Montalbano – 3; 1; 1; 1
  13. Franklin Simmons (1839-1913) American sculptor, he designed The Angel of the Resurrection in memory of his second wife Ella – 3; 1; 1; 2
  14. Gramsci, Antonio (1891-1937) – Italian journalist and political writer, one of founders of the Italian Communist Party. Imprisoned during the Fascist regime, he died soon after his release from prison  – 3; 2; 1; 14

Route Map

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Details


Time: 60 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

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 or film. 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 particular attention to the large roots on the paths, especially in the Zona Seconda. We also suggest you bring protective cream during the hottest period.

Route


Please find below the stages of this route:

  1. Severn, Joseph
  2. British consul, painter and friend of John Keats, assisted the poet in Rome in the last months of his illness. Read More

    Zone: A Position: 65

  3. Keats, John
  4. One of the main figures of the Second Generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Read More

    Zone: A Position: 51

  5. Langton, George Lewis
  6. The first burial in the Cemetery of which we still have physical traces. Read More

    Zone: A Position: 1

  7. Macdonald, James
  8. Scottish aristocrat. Read More

    Zone: A Position: 3

  9. Story, William Wetmore
  10. American sculptor, art critic, poet and writer. Read More

  11. Shelley, Percy Bysshe
  12. One of the major English Romantic poets of the second generation. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 16 Position: 2

  13. Corso, Gregory Nunzio
  14. American poet, member of the Beat Generation, his works include Gasoline and The Happy Birthday of Death. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 15 Position: 11

  15. Goethe, August Von
  16. German, son of Wolfgang von Goethe, member of the court of Carlo Augusto, Great Duke of Sassonia-Weimar-Eisenach. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 14 Position: 20

  17. Pontecorvo Bruno Maksimovich
  18. Italian physicist with British citizenship who was Soviet-naturalized. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 1 Row: 2 Position: 2

  19. Camilleri Andrea
  20. Italian writer and theatre director, author of detective stories featuring Sicilian Commissario Montalbano. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 1 Row: 1 Position: 1

  21. Simmons, Ella Bourne (Born Slocum)
  22. Wife of Franklin Simmons, sculptor of the Angel of the Resurrection. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 1 Row: 1 Position: 2

  23. Gramsci Antonio
  24. Italian Marxist philosopher, journalist, linguist, writer and politician. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 2 Row: 1 Position: 14

  25. Andersen, Hendrik Christian
  26. American sculptor, painter and urban planner of Norwegian origin. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 7 Position: 10

  27. Bruloff, Karl Pavlovich (Born Charles Bruleau)
  28. Russian artist. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 3 Position: 18
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.

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