ROME WAR CEMETERY
Rome War Cemetery lies alongside and within the Aurelian Wall of the
ancient city of Rome. It is reached from the Piazza Venezia, the centre of Rome,
by going down the Via dei Fori Imperiali, past the Coliseum, and along the Viale
Aventino as far as the Porta San Paolo. Before reaching this gate and the
monument Pyramid of Caius Cestius, take the road to the right along the wall of
the so called Protestant Cemetery, in which are buried the poets Keats and
Shelley. Across the road at the far end of that cemetery will be seen Rome War
Cemetery, on Via Nicola Zabaglia 50, Monte Testaccio.
Alternatively, take the metro and get off at Piramide Metro Station, which is close to Rome War Cemetery, on Via Nicola Zabaglia 50, Monte Testaccio.
Cemetery address: Via Nicola Zabaglia 50 - 00153 Roma (RM) Lazio.
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 41.87502, Longitude: 12.477238.
Due to frequent vandalism and thefts, it is now necessary to keep the
cemetery padlocked when the gardener is not present. The Combination number for
the padlock is 1221 and the padlock is located at the rear of the gate, behind
the two handles.
The gardeners working hours are:
Winter: Monday to Friday 08.00 to 12.00 and 12.30 to 15.00
Summer: Monday to Friday 0700 to 12.00 and 12.30 to 15.00
Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible, but may be by alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion
coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war
on the Allied side.
Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but the advance was checked for some months at the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line. Operations in January 1944 landed troops behind the German lines at Anzio, but a breakthrough was not achieved until 18 May when, after fierce fighting, Cassino finally fell to the Allies.
Rome was taken on 3 June as the German withdrawal continued. The cemetery was started shortly afterwards and was used mainly for burials from the occupying garrison, but a few graves were brought in from the surrounding country, and some soldiers and airmen who died as prisoners of war in Rome are also buried there.
Rome War Cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons. It contains 426 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
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