Keats and Shelley Memorial House
Facing Piazza di Spagna
, opposite the fountain, the Keats-Shelley Memorial House is where the poet John Keats
once lived and died, in 1821. This museum contains a comprehensive archive of English literary and historical works.
Of particular note is the chamber of manuscripts and literary mementos of the Keats circle of the early 19th Century. The documents mention the two poets, as well as Mary Shelley and Byron, who once lived across the square. A curious item is the silver scallop shell containing locks of the hair of Milton and Elizabeth Browning. The death mask of Keats is also here, kept in the room where he died, reminding visitors how his love and engagement to Fanny Browne was interrupted by his fight with tuberculoses, which would take Keats' life.