Even though the official title of this cemetery doesn’t include any referance to the protestant community who started it, it’s worth noting that the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome used to be the only place where residents of Rome of non-catholic belief could be buried.
It began in the 1700’s when some of Romes illustrious foreign citizens from northern europe needed to be buried seperately from the catholics, as they were predominantly protestant. This was due to a decree issued by the pope at the time who hereby allocated the non-catholics in Rome a small piece of land which was not deemed fit for catholics since it already housed a paganic tomb from ancient Rome, The Pyramid of Gaius Cestius.
What started us an unusual occurrence however, has lead to the development one of Romes most discreet and peaceful sites to visit, and still continues to be used to today. The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome is in fact famous for the people buried here and the tombstones themselves, some very elaborate sculptures dating back to the 18th century when the cemeteries first inhabitants took permanent residence! Not forgetting the setting of course; stretching away on a slope in the shadows of the Pyramid Cestius surrounded by Pines and Conifer trees, as it were.
Please read through the rest of this post for more about the opening hours of the cemetery, location, visiting hours and admission cost.