Rome’s Spanish Steps are always crowded with tourists, but few people notice the building right next to the steps which is the Keats-Shelley House. This small museum is full of all sorts of material relating to the English Romantic poets who came to Rome at the beginning of the 19th century.
The poet John Keats died in the house in 1821, aged just 25. He had come to Rome hoping the drier climate would relieve his tuberculosis, but unfortunately he didn’t recover. In the museum you can see the room where he spent his last hours, look out at the Spanish Steps as he would have done, admire the extensive library and collection of Keats memorabilia, and look at his rather gruesome life and death masks.