“It might make one in love with death to be buried in so sweet a place”. This was written by the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley shortly before his death. The words refer to The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, where Shelley was later burried, and when you visit the cemetery you understand so very well, what he meant. The cemetery is also known as the Protestant Cemetery, but actually this is not a correct name since there are also several non protestant graves. The cemetery is located in a beautiful green oasis right in the middle of a very chaotic area in Rome with lots of traffic.
To go for a walk between the graves is a very special and amazing experience. The cemetery has one of the highest numbers of famous graves in the world. Underneath the cypresses and the green grass, between beautiful flowers and plants lie, besides Shelley, his colleague Keats and several other famous people.
When you walk around between the graves it is very likely, that you will meet a few cats. This is due to the fact that just behind the famous Pyramid in Piazzale Ostiense and right up to the cemetery there is a little place for homeless cats, where volonteers make life sweeter for at least some of Rome's many wild cats.
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