Cemeteries of Rome
The cemeteries are municipal public property, meaning that the City Government is the authority empowered to make decisions regarding the management of both the cemetery sites and the services provided in the cemeteries themselves, with a further consideration being the need to safeguard public hygiene and health. The operation of the cemeteries, therefore, definitely falls under the category of a local public service.
In Rome, the City Government has assigned the management of cemetery services to AMA since 1998, having formerly carried out the task on an in-house basis. The term cemetery services refers to the sum total of activities of maintenance and ordinary operation of the cemetery sites, as well as cemetery construction, all cemetery operations and the related procedures of authorisation/administration, plus mortuary authority activities and the management of autopsy and morgue operations.
The Service Agreement signed in May of 2007 formalised and defined the procedures and standards that still hold for the operation of the cemetery services.
The cemeteries of Rome are open to:
- Individuals who die within the territory of the City of Rome.
- Individuals who were officially registered residents of the City of Rome when alive.
- Individuals entitled to be laid to rest in tombs or burial niches granted to private parties in the cemeteries of Rome under concession agreements.
- Individuals who neither resided nor died in the City of Rome, for the purpose of reuniting spouses or parents and children in the same cemetery.
- Individuals who died while residents of another municipality, but who had changed their place of residence at the time they were admitted to institutions of long-term care or to nursing homes.
- Individuals who died abroad but were entered in the Register of Italians Residing Abroad (the A.I.R.E.) of the City of Rome.
- Individuals who did not reside or die in the City of Rome, but whose immediate family (spouse or, in the absence of a spouse, children or parents) does officially reside in the City.
- In cases where there is no spouse, or where the spouse gives his or her consent, an individual who cohabited with the deceased is also entitled to request authorisation for burial, assuming that the period cohabitation lasted for 5 consecutive years prior to the death of the deceased.
- Each corpse must be buried or entombed separately; only mothers and newborns who both died at the time of delivery may be buried together.
- The assigned cemetery depends on the zone of residence of the deceased individual or the applicant.
Zones of assignment
The assigned cemetery depends on the zone of residence of the deceased individual or the applicant:
- Flaminio Cemetery Municipal Districts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, XVII and XX
- Laurentino Cemetery Municipal Districts X, XI, XII and XV
- San Vittorino Cemetery Municipal District VIII
- Cemetery of Ostia Antica Municipal District XIII
- Cemetery of Castel di Guido Municipal Districts XVI and XVIII
- Cemetery of Santa Maria di Galeria Municipal District XIX and the Osteria Nuova zone
- Isola Farnese Cemetery The Isola Farnese zone and a portion of the La Storta zone
- Cesano Cemetery The Cesano zone
- Maccarese Cemetery Ponte Galeria and, until the expansion work underway at the cemeteries of Castel di Guido and Santa Maria di Galeria is completed, the zones of Santa Maria di Galeria, La Storta (a portion), Castel di Guido, Casalotti and Torrimpietra
Should there be no space available at the assigned cemetery, burials will take place at the Flaminio-Prima Porta Cemetery, with the exception of residents of Municipal District XIII, who will be accepted at the Laurentino Cemetery.
The Historic Verano Cemetery and the Cemetery of Santa Maria del Carmine-Parrocchietta are closed to new entries. Burial in the Historic Verano Cemetery is currently reserved for deceased individuals whose life and works brought honour to the City of Rome in Italy or internationally, as well as for individuals who died in circumstances that deeply moved the general public or who distinguished themselves, at the moment of their death, for outstanding civic virtue and merits.
Exceptions to the rule of the assigned district.
Regardless of the Municipal District of residence of the deceased or of the applicant:
- authorisation to bury or entomb ashes may be granted to those entitled to do so in any municipal cemetery;
- at the Flaminio cemetery, a special field has been available since 1990 for the burial in the ground of children up to 10 years old and foetuses who have been given a funeral. There is also a separate burial field for “products of conception”, meaning foetuses that were not given funerals, having been buried in response to a simple request from the local Board of Health.
- at the Laurentino Cemetery, there has been a “Garden of the Angels” since January 2012, meaning a space specifically set aside for the burial of unborn children (products of conception or foetuses).