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Cimitero Acattolico di Roma

When Mary Lou and yours truly went to Rome in November (yes, I am still writing about this 2 day trip), visiting the non-catholic cemetery was one of our priorities. Well, Mary-Lou threatened to drag me there whether I wanted or not, but thankfully I am one of those people who are pretentious enough to include graveyards in their to-do list whenever they visit somewhere. 
As its name subtly indicates, the non-catholic cemetery is one where no catholics are buried. Wow, this was a great explanation. As you can imagine, Italy has a Catholic majority, so the cemetery is almost exclusively for foreigners. Among the (many) famous people buried there there were two that, being English majors, we couldn’t really miss. Shelley and Keats. Apparently when Shelley visited he said:

“It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place”

Little did he know that he would end up there after drowning in a storm.  
Goethe’s only son is also buried there
Shelley’s tomb
Gregory Corso

Some Romans mourning

the young English poet is Keats

Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water

Keats’ name doesn’t appear in his grave, but it does on his friend’s

This is more or less like kissing a dead man, right?

Mary-Lou on her way to Egypt

Rome obviously has a lot of world famous sights that shouldn’t be missed, but if you have a morning to spare or you’re a literature lover, this is a morning well spent. You can read more about the cimitero acattolico here

Rome (III)

Can you believe this trip was only 2 days long? The amount of photos is making it seem a lot longer. There’s more to come. Click on each photo to see it on flickr.

Amazing Bookshops Around the World: Libreria del Cinema (Rome)

Libreria del Cinema (Rome, Italy)

Via dei Fienaroli 31/d
Monday – Friday 10:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00-23:00
libreria del cinema, roma


Rome has a lot of bookshops that are worth writing about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the independent bookshop scene is alive and thriving in the city, and that bookshops are not merely a place where one goes to buy a book, but rather a place where one can drink some coffee, listen to a lecture, watch a film, have some beers, see a band, have lunch and find likeminded people.
libreria del cinema, roma
La Libreria del Cinema, as its name implies, is a bookshop devoted to books about films, which translates as heaven in my eyes. Sadly it doesn’t have a great selection of books in English, but it has other things that can be enjoyed by someone who doesn’t understand Italian. It is a little charming place decorated with old armchairs and a piano. The store is divided into three different spaces; the bookshop itself, the café and the DVD shop. Numbers 2 and 3 are what make this shop interesting for someone who can’t actually buy any books there. Their DVD section is very extensive and, from what I could see, fairly priced, and in the adjacent café you can enjoy a (really nice, as is normal in Rome) coffee, a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine and some food. Plus the waitress there is so nice that she made us some coffee even though the café part of the store was closed when we visited.
libreria del cinema, roma
I would say this is a required stop for any film buff visiting the Italian capital, if only to find that places like this do exist. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, it’s right next to another bookshop that I will be writing about soon and located in  charming little alley in the Trastevere area.

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