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  • Piazzale Donatello 38 Map It
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Published 06/07/2016

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Familiarly known as the English Cemetery, this is the final resting place for some 1,400 souls. It was designed in 1828 by Carlo Reishammer and originally intended for the Swiss community in Florence. Just outside Florence's 14th-century walls (no longer visible), the cemetery grew to accommodate other foreigners living here, and thus earned another of its names, the Protestant Cemetery. Perhaps its most famous resident is Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1809–61), who spent the last 15 years of her life in the city. Other expats, including Arthur Clough, Walter Savage Landor, Frances Trollope (mother of Anthony), and the American preacher Theodore Parker are buried in this cemetery, which is also referred to as the "Island of the Dead." (Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin [1827–1901] used the cemetery as inspiration for his haunting painting of that name.)

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Piazzale Donatello 38, Florence, Tuscany, 50121, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • Free; suggested €3 per person for large groups

Published 06/07/2016


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