There are few figures in English poetry more romantic than John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and no more romantic a spot in which to contemplate their lives than this house by the Spanish Steps. For years the haunt of England’s Romantic poets, it is filled with paintings and memorabilia in homage to them.
Keats came here suffering from tuberculosis and this is where he died, aged 25, in 1821.
A year later his friend Shelley, 29, drowned while sailing off the Italian coast. The awareness of their deaths, so close together in time and place, only adds to the romance.