Campo Cestio is an interesting and beautiful place in Rome with a fairly bizzarre history and some very fine scupture. It’s also very little-known, hardly visited and a generally quiet and relaxing place full of green and shade.
This photo essay is from what Romans call the ‘English Cemetery’. The real name is Cimitero Acattolico di Campo Cestio, and it is a cemetery built just outside Rome’s ancient walls especially to house foreigners and Italians who were not catholic, and could therefore not be buried inside Rome, in hallowed ground. There are tombs in Greek script, Arabic, Russian, as well as in every European language.
The place is privately owned and struggling to maintain the vast grounds. Falling limbs from the huge trees have inflicted irreversible damage to some of the tombs, and acid rains are slowly eating away at others. In some places, trees grow right out of tombs.
to read some accurate information about campo cestio, you can visit this website in italian and english.
Photographs taken on may 2nd, 2012