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Santa Croce Cemetery

The final resting place for some 1,400 souls was designed in 1828 by Carlo Reishammer and originally intended for the Swiss community in Florence. Just outside the city'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. It's also referred to as the "Island of the Dead." Indeed, Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901) used the cemetery as inspiration for his haunting painting of that name.

Perhaps its most famous resident is Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1809–61), who spent the last 15 years of her life in the city. Other noteworthy expats buried here include the English poets Arthur Clough and Walter Savage Landor, Frances Trollope (mother of Anthony), and the American preacher Theodore Parker.

Cemetery Free Historical Outdoor

Quick Facts

Piazzale Donatello 38
Florence, Tuscany  50121, Italy


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free; suggested €3 per person for large groups, Closed weekends, Mon. afternoon, and Tues.–Fri. morning

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