The Communal Monumental Cemetery of Campo Verano is one of Rome’s most important cemeteries. It’s located in the Tiburtino area, next to the venerable, ancient Basilica of San Lorenzo Outside the Walls.
While there were ancient burials in the area, Campo Verano was not established until 1807. Noted architect and urban planner Giuseppe Valadier designed it, and it feels like a tiny planned city. The entrance is a monumental three-arched gate:
Inside, as you can see from the top photo, you stroll down little roads surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of monuments, many of which are artistic and eye-catching.
Some of the mausoleums are miniature architectural gems.
Several large arcades hold more monuments to the dead.
You will also find some moody statues and elegant carvings at Campo Verano, most looking up toward heaven.
Campo Verano is a sprawling, fascinating, and beautiful locale. It’s well worth a visit, especially if you’re in the Tiburtino area. A great deal can be learned here about Roman culture. This is also, quite frankly, a lovely, peaceful, and quiet place for a walk.
The most moving part of my visit, however, is in a later post.