Firenze, Cimitero degli Inglesi e viali
Historical sites

English Cemetery, Florence

A place of religion and tradition

Firenze
Because it was a protestant cemetery, it was positioned outside the city walls, near Porta a Pinti, from which it originally got its name. The cemetery is located on a hill top, which, in the early 19th century, residents would go to play soccer on the adjacent flat land. Today it is along Viale Matteotti. The Grand Duchy gave the area to the Evangelist Reformist Church (Switzerland) in 1827. It was enlarged in 1860.

Today, the layout of the cemetery was designed by Giuseppe Poggi for Firenze Capitale: his plan envisioned the destruction of the city walls and the creation of Piazzale Donatello and the gardens to the north. In 1870, Poggi completed the design and construction of the square; the larger roads surrounding this green area, the so-called buildings for 'artists' and the cemetery like an 'island' inside this larger urban area. The cemetery was closed in 1877 and became a place of memory of a specific community, defined as “a small group of cosmopolitan people from the 1800s that were non conformists.” The cemetery's layout is simple and rational: two main octagonal paths that meet and where there is a column erected by Federico Guglielmo of Prussia in 1858.

The burial spots are different from the layout of a Catholic cemetery, but rather it has more of a Romantic landscape, with a variety of plants and trees. The cemetery pay homage to the important foreign community in Florence: the tombs of J.P.Vieusseux, Enrico Schneider, Sismondi, R. Davidsohn, as well as those of international artists, like J.C. Muller, S.G. Counis, H. Powers, Elisabeth Barrett Browning, A.H.Clough, W.S.Landor, and Frances Trollope.

Entrance:
donations welcome

Opening hours: from 2pm -5pm(winter); 3pm-6pm(summer), Monday 9am-12pm, saturday and Sunday closed

Disabled Access:
Not accessible to wheelchairs: 6 and 3 steps are located at the entrance; steep pathway. Pavement outside the cemetery is not even and broken up.

Contact:

P.zza Donatello 38
Telefono 055 582608
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