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The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Rome, Italy.

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The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners claims to have the highest density of famous and important graves anywhere in the world. While I would argue that there are many cemeteries that rivals Rome’s claim to fame, I cannot deny that it was impressive.

It’s most famous resident is the poet Keats. His tragic story comes to a bitter end here, at this serene resting place. Suffering from tuberculosis, his doctors told him to go to Rome to take advantage of the Mediterranean climate. Sadly, he only lasted for 4 months before succomming to his disease.

Keats isn’t the only famous poet in the cemetery. The poet Shelley is also buried among these grounds. Percy Bysshe Shelley (Husband of Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame) wasn’t suffering from a disease but still died at the young age of 29. A man living life on the edge, he sailed out to sea, even after everyone warned him of a coming storm. “Don’t go out to sea” they said, “you’ll die.” He didn’t listen and sure enough he died.

Read more on The Planet D Blog.

Written by  Dave and Deb.

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