The Protestant Cemetery , now officially called the Cimitero acattolico ("Non-Catholic Cemetery")and often referred to as the Cimitero degli Inglesi ("Englishmen's Cemetery") is a cemetery in Rome
, located near Porta San Paolo
alongside the Pyramid of Cestius
, a small-scale Egyptian-Style Pyramid
built in 30 BC as a tomb and later incorporated into the section of the Aurelian Walls
that borders the cemetery. The presence of Mediterranean cypress, pomegranite, and other trees, and a grassy meadow suggests the more naturalistic landscape style of northern Europe
, where cemeteries sometimes incorporate grass and other greenery. As the name indicates, it is the final resting place of non-Catholics (not only Protestants or English people).
The earliest known burial is that of an Oxford student named Langton in 1738. The most famous graves are those of the English poets John Keats (1795–1821) and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822). Keats died in Rome of tuberculosis at the age of 26. His epitaph, which does not mention him by name, is by his friends Joseph Severn and Charles Armitage Brown: "This grave contains all that was mortal, of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart, at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone: Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water."