The Acatholic Cemetery in Capri, created in 1878 with the support of Cerio, provides precious evidence for the reconstruction of the history over the last one hundred years on the island of Capri, at that time a renowned spa centre for foreigners.
An English gentleman called George Hayward, with the help of Ignazio Cerio who gave the ground at a symbolic price, created the Acatholic Cemetery in Capri.
In 1936 Edwin Cerio, Ignazio's successor as "nume tutelary" of the island, donated a further six hundred square meters of ground that made it possible to face the considerable demand for space.
After a period of abandonment, in 1986 the local Council in Capri, decided to exclusively destine the area as a "monumental cemetery", assuring the preservation and restoration of the existing graves, without altering in the "features and characteristics" in any way
By reading the tombstones, the visitors make a series of small "discoveries." Those, for instance, who stop to read the graves set along the avenue to the left of the entrance, immediately after the morgue, are intrigued by some of the dates : "1865-1894", "1859-1881", "1864-1886"...
At that time Capri saw the arrival of many youngsters with tuberculosis from Northern Europe, anxious to find salvation in the promises of the Mediterranean climate and the thalassotherapy. Therefore, also the graves of less famous people, even those totally unknown, are now precious fragments of the past in Capri.
Many famous people have been buried in the cemetery: the French Baron Jacques Fersen, the author Norman Douglas, the English singer Gracie Fields, Lord Algernon, Thomas Spencer Jerome, Charles Coleman.
How to get there
From Piazza Umberto I, take via Roma, at the beginning of the provincial road for Marina Grande (10 mins.).
Via Provinciale Marina Grande
80073 - Capri
Tel. +39 0818386111