Spend a few hours in a city built upon the inspirations and ideas of the Romantic poets. Evaluate the sites and literary histories left behind and discover how an elite expatriate community changed Italian cultural ideas
Casa di Goethe, Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Antico Caffe Greco, Spanish Steps, Protestant Cemetery
€225 (for a group of 1-5 people)
€20 each additional person
Includes 25% Discount: Find Out Why Here!
€3 per person
(Entrance fees not included in price of tour)
SUGGESTED START TIME:
Between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rome, with its ancient glories at every corner and thousands of masterpieces suspended upon every museum wall developed a reputation for hosting a plethora of artists, philosophical thinkers and poets in the late 17th century. Romantic authors, such as John Keats, Wolfgang von Goethe and Percy Shelly abruptly left their native countries in order to pursue a greater understanding of Classical Art and the culture of Italy. Taking part in what later became known as the “Grand Tour” thousands of elite Europeans came to Rome and for a few brief years called the Eternal City home. In some instances, such as in Keats and Shelly’s case, they still call Rome home under the shady cypress trees in the Protestant Cemetery. On this tour you will begin in front of the Casa di Goethe located on busy Via del Corso, where German author Wolfgang von Goethe Goethe documented his stay in Italy in his book entitled Italian Journey. His novel details the apparent changes within his character during the time he spent in Rome- attributed to the mere exposure to the objects within the city. Then you will move through the historical area once described as the “English Ghetto” towards the famous Antico Caffe Greco, a once literary hot-house where gatherings of scholars and thinkers collected to share their works and discuss the culture and city that surrounded them. With a brief stop at the Spanish Steps to view the Keats-Shelly Memorial House you will proceed to the Testaccio area, where the Protestant Cemetery resides.
At the conclusion of your time spent in a Rome of the poets, you too will hopefully engage in your own Grand Tour- one the authors
“It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place,” wrote Shelley, not long before he drowned and was buried here.
Additional Information and Booking:
Your guide is happy to meet you in the lobby of your hotel (if located in city center).
RomAmor Tours will make all necessary reservations on your behalf when you confirm your tour with us.
Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour covers areas of uneven cobblestone and bring a water bottle during the summer months.
Photography is allowed throughout all areas of this tour.
If you have questions regarding this tour, please inquire.