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“Great way to learn more about the history of these giants of poetry.”

Keats-Shelley House
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Ranked #95 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Known as Casina Rosa, this small museum is devoted to the authors' works and memorabilia.
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I had been most interested in visiting the Keats and Shelley museum at the base of the Spanish Steps but I was alone in this conviction so Donna and John took a cab back to the hotel and Dave climbed the 135 steps to find a place to sit where I allegedly would find him later. I toured the special Keats and Shelley Museum, a little known gem in Rome, alone for over an hour. An optional video introduction by Prince Charles described the importance of poets Keats, Shelley and Byron and he discusses the history of the poets in Rome and this museum. After the video I went to the bedroom where Keats had died and looked out over the Spanish Steps to the Fountain of the Ugly Boat to hear what Keats might have heard from his deathbed, but the crowd’s noise was so insistent that it was impossible to hear anything but the crowd. I imagine in his time he would have heard the clomping of horse’s hoofs and a few people milling about. In the museum I thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Adonais "Go thou to Rome, at once the Paradise, The grave, the city, and the wilderness….”. If you want to learn much more about the lives of these poets who challenged what was acceptable in the day, read Daughter of Earth and Water, A Biography of Mary Wollstoncraft Shelley. An excellent read and preparation for understanding their time in England and Italy.

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

In glorious air conditioning, peruse at leisure this historical site. Have a view of the video first before entering upstairs to the main museum part. Keep your 5 Euro ticket and you can return!. After your visit why not go to the 'Cemetary for Foreigners (the only one in Rome for non Catholics!) and see Keats memorial stone as well as other famous people!. Take Red Metro from Spagna in direction of Anagnina, change at Termini (2 stops), then take Blue Metro to Pyramide (4 stops) in direction of Laurentina.The Commonwealth War Cementary on the road opposite, is also well worth a visit for those interested in war history.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Whether interested in the romantics or not, still worth a visit. A relaxed and tranquil environment to learn about the past and spend time in the moment. If you are looking for somewhere to be mindful you couldn't find a better place. I would definitely revisit. Very inexpensive to get in.

Thank Campbell C
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Situated at the base of the Spanish Steps sits this small "bijou" museum. I know little of Keats or Shelley but this nicely maintained and well staffed museum was very interesting. Good video room as an introduction. Some more read poetry would be a possible improvement. For just €5 it's a no brainer. FYI, it's better than the Spanish Steps and as you've walked all the way over here you might as well pop in. Enjoy !

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful little gem of a museum by the foot of The Spanish Steps. A must for any Keats and/or Shelley lover. In fact, a must for any literary lover.

Thank Sam K
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