The Zona Terza

The Zona Terza ( III )

In 1894 it was decided to extend the Cemetery for a second time and the Zona Terza was created. This is the last zone of the Cemetery and is divided into four parts, known as riquadri or quarters. The ground here is flatter and more shaded by trees. Note the large number of hortensia plants that thrive here and the four majestic umbrella pines that stand on the crossroads of the second and third zones. Butterflies are particularly fond of this shadier area, as are the cats. Perhaps the best-known tombs here are those of the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri and the Sardinian political philosopher Antonio Gramsci.

In the third quadrant can be seen a number of tombs of directors of the German Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, now the world renowned Max Planck Institute for Art History, including that of the founder Henriette Hertz.

On the bottom right we see the small cemetery chapel built in the 1890s which is still used for ceremonies and funerals today. The Cemetery offices are located above the chapel. Visitors will notice a large number of crosses on the tombs in the second and third zone with three horizontal arms. These are the graves of a number of Russian orthodox families – the so-called white Russians who settled in Rome after the Revolution – as well as a number of Russian diplomats.

Along the pathway in the third quadrant can be seen a number of fruit trees – a lemon and a peach as well as some beautiful pink peonies that flower in the spring. To exit the Cemetery, walk back to the main entrance along the front path: on the inside wall you will see various memorial plaques including that dedicated to the American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond whose bones rest in the ossuary in the second zone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Hertz, Henriette
  8. German-born philantropist and art collector. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 3 Row: 8 Position: 4

  9. Gramsci Antonio
  10. Italian Marxist philosopher, journalist, linguist, writer and politician. Read More

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

  11. Naghdi Mohammed Hossein
  12. Iranian diplomat, leader of the Resistance against the Khomeini regime, he was assassinated in Rome in 1993. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 2 Row: 6 Position: 13
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.