Rome could never be described as “off the beaten track”, it’s up there with Paris as one of the most visited cities in the world by tourists. With the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, it’s almost impossible to avoid the long lines of tourists all taking the same picture of the landmark that millions have seen before.
However, there are some lesser-known gems of the city, including the Protestant Cemetery which is the resting place of mainly protestants and Englishmen, but also some non-catholics in the predominantly catholic city.There are numerous names to look out for here. Many poets, writers and creative types were drawn to Rome in their lifetime and were buried in the Protestant Cemetery. The biggest names are John Keats and Percy Shelley.With the Mediterranean cypress, pomegranate trees and small-scale Egyptian-style pyramid incorporated into the cemetery walls, it’s not difficult to see the beauty in this small but intricate resting place. Okay, it might not be the Colosseum, but you won’t have to queue up for two hours to see a beautiful and unusual part of Roman history.