The Keats-Shelley House

Piazza Di Spagna 26
Roma 00187

Tel: 06 6784235

Opening hours Open 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 (Monday to Friday), Saturday 11:00-14:00 and 15:00-18:00 on Saturday.

Ticket prices €3.50 (free for children under six). Reductions large group visits, which should be booked in advance.

At the foot of the Spanish Steps, the Keats-Shelley House is a museum, dedicated to the Romantic poets, that has been set up in the house where John Keats spent the last months of his life.

The poet came to Rome in 1820, in search of a better climate to cure his tuberculosis, and he stayed here with his friend Joseph Severn. This was something of a mixed blessing as Severn did not believe that Keats had tuberculosis, and encouraged him to go against his doctors' advice. Keats died on 23 February 1821, four months after arriving in Rome. He was buried in the Protestant Cemetery.

The house was acquired by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in 1907.

Things to See

Keats-Shelley House The Spanish Steps, near the Keats-Shelley House (photo: Eleanor Murkett)

Although the original furniture of the house was destroyed after Keats' death (as was usual following a death from tuberculosis), the interior of the House has been refitted in great detail to recall the early nineteenth-century. Glass cases display manuscripts and memorabilia. From time to time, the House plays host to lectures and poetry recitals. There is also a library, dedicated to the Romantic poets, where visiting academics may consult a large collection of books - contact the museum for details.

Visiting the Keats-Shelley House

The Keats-Shelley House is at the base of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, on the right as you look up at the steps. Piazza di Spagna has its own metro stop on linea A.