The Zona Seconda

The Zona Seconda ( II )

In the ossuary at the top of this zone against the Aurelian Wall we find the bones of a number of foreigners who fought with GaribaldiArthur Bennj, a Polish journalist, Bartolomeo Rozat from Switzerland and the Englishman John Scholey and nearby is the stately tomb of the Norwegian historian Peter Andreas Munch, uncle of the famous artist Edvard.

As in the other zones, visitors should beware of tree roots and hold on to the bannisters provided when coming down from the top areas. High up in this zone we find several examples of the lantana camara with white, pink and orange flowers. It has a reputation as an infestive plant, but it does not seem to get out of control in the Cemetery and provides colorful flowers from April to October.

The zone becomes more woody towards the end and we can find the beautifully detailed sarcofagus of the German architect Gottfried Semper as well as the tombs of a number of Italian writers – Amelia Rosselli, Luce D’Eramo and Dario Bellezza. Numerous tombs in this area have jasmine plants and there are several individual rose bushes of note – some of them quite old.

Route map

  • Use two-finger touch gestures to pan and zoom the map
  • Tap on Satellite to activate the rotate map function
  • Tap on numbers to show the grave at that position


Time: About 30 minutes.

Difficulty: Easy

Tips: The route only covers the Zona Seconda. 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. Rosselli Amelia
  2. 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

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

  5. Semper, Gottfried
  6. Architect, his most famous works include the Dresden Opera and the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich, as well as the participation in the reorganization of the Vienna Ringstraße. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 8 Position: 22

  7. O’Brien Beatrice
  8. Daughter of Edward Donough O’Brien, 14th Baron Inchiquin, she married the inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 4 Position: 29

  9. Bellezza Dario
  10. 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

  11. Munch, Peter Andreas
  12. Norwegian historian, uncle of the painter Edvard Munch and famous for his studies on his native country. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 19 Position: 15

  13. Rozat, Bartel
  14. Captain of the “Bersaglieri”, he fought in the ranks of the Garibaldians and died during the defense of the Roman Republic in 1849. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: LUNGA LE MURA AURELIANE Position:
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.