The English Cemetery in Florence

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In the early years of Florence, anyone that was not Catholic was forced to be buried separately, in Livorno. However, in 1827 the SwissEvangelical Reformed Church bought land outside the city walls from Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Here, they created an international and ecumenical cemetery. The cemetery was designed and landscaped by Carlo Reishammer. You will notice that the cemetery is designed in a oval shape – this was done by Giuseppe Poggi as a representation of Florence’s importance to Italy. The cemetery now remains as a historical landmark symbolizing the expatriate presence in Florence. The graveyard originally consisted of 1400 graves, of people from 16 different nations, and an additional 700 tombs. Famous poets like Elizabeth Barrett Browning are buried here. It’s name, The English Cemetery, came from the large number of English speaking people buried there. The last burial was in 1877 however, in 1997, Florence approved of 500 new plots. Currently, the cemetery is in the process of being restored due to the efforts of Julia Bolton Holloway. A secret historical gem of Florence, it is a great place to visit in Florence.

Hours and Location:
Piazzale Donatello, 38
Entrance fee: by offer
Opening hours monday: h 9.00 – 12.00, Saturday and Sunday closed
tuesday – friday h 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (winter);
h 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm (summer)

 

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