From 23 April to 11 June to coincide with the opening of the Municipal Rose Garden, the Cemetery will be open on Sundays from 9:00 to 4:30. The two sites are very close and could both be visited on the same day.

Municipal Rose Garden
Practical information
Address: via di Valla Murcia 6; Clivio dei Publicii 3 (disabled access)
Tel.: + 39 06 5746810
Fax: + 39 06 57135413
Email: rosetoromacapitale@comune.roma.it

Opening times: 21 April to 19 June everyday (including Sundays and holidays) h. 8.30 am-7.30 pm.

Closed: 20 May for the "Premio Roma" competition.

From 21 May to 18 June the roses in the competition area will be on view at the usual schedule.

Admission: free
Guided tours: free, booking required

How to get there
Closest underground station: Circo Massimo (B line)
From the Non-Catholic Cemetery (by bus): bus 23 or 280 (stop: Marmorata/Caio Cestio) for four stops and then on foot
From the Rose Garden to the Non-Catholic Cemetery (by bus): bus 75 near Circo Massimo underground station for four stops
On foot: about 1,3 km on foot

Position
Situated at the foot of the Aventine Hill, a short walk from piazzale Ugo La Malfa, with a splendid view of the Eternal City which includes the Monte Mario Observatory and the ruins of the Palatine Hill.

Brief historical overview
Area dedicated to flowers since the Roman age, it was agricultural land until the 16 th century. Given to the Jewish community and called “Orto degli Ebrei” (Jewish vegetable garden) in 1645, it also hosted the Jewish cemetery until 1934. For this reason, the Rose Garden paths have been designed as a Jewish menorah.

The Rose Garden owes its existence to Countess Mary Gailey Senni, an American-born woman married to an Italian aristocrat, who made the opening of the first garden on the Oppian Hill in 1932, a site which already hosted the Vivaio del Governatorato, the Governorship’s nursery. She was also responsible for the creation of the Premio Roma in 1933, a contest dedicated to the selection of the best varieties of original roses. In 1950 the Rose Garden was moved to its present position.

Sources and further information
http://www.060608.it/en/cultura-e-svago/verde/giardini-ville-e-parchi-urbani/roseto-comunale.html (in English)

http://www.comune.roma.it/pcr/it/newsview.page?contentId=NEW619967 (in Italian)