Following the steps of Baron Strohl, I visited the ‘accattolico cimitero’ of Rome, the graveyard for non catholic people, also known as the ‘English cemetery’ because many people buried there are foreigners. For me, it is one of  the most beautiful place to rest for thousand years : it is a marvellous garden, located by Rome’s Cestio pyramid, with many people buried there who were great artists, painters, writers. The most famous are John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Baron Strohl, who created Villa Strohl-Fern is also lying there, nearby Goethe’s son.

Surrounded by cypresses and planted with all kind of trees and plants, I was very pleased to discover a cemetery which is not flowered with geraniums and Chrysanthemums in pots a couple days before All Saints’ day…

Baron Strohl’s grave.

I am in Catania, Sicily, for an assignment. The 19th century Italian music composer Vincenzo Bellini was born there and the public garden in the center of the city took his name, Villa Bellini.  It is a huge and very pleasant garden, with a very old Sequoia, a music kiosk, a view on the Etna and on the ‘barocco’ palazzi of Catania. I think every city should be built around a huge garden…