Top 5 Places to Find Your Muse in Rome

Top 5 Places to Find Your Muse in Rome

By Christina Maness

There's no shortage of inspiration for travelers visiting The Eternal City. At least one of these five spots is sure to ignite your creative fire while in Rome.

1. Protestant Cemetery

This cemetery claims to have one of the densest population of famous people buried within its confines, including writers, painters, sculptors. Here you’ll find the grave of English poet John Keats, who in 1821, died too early in Rome at the age of 25. Also within the cemetery, you’ll find the grave of fellow Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who drowned off the coast of Tuscany at 29.

In 2016 this cemetery celebrates 300 years of burials. Weaving around the Cypress trees in this cemetery, listening to nature on a sunny day, it’s possible to see that, as John Keats once wrote, “The Poetry of earth is never dead.”

Via Caio Cestio, 6, 00153

2. Keats-Shelley House

If you’re interested in seeing the final dwelling place of Keats, make sure to visit the Keats-Shelley House, located right by Rome’s famous Spanish steps. Wander around the Salone, the largest room in the museum, and take in the elaborate ceilings and artwork, while learning more about these Romantics.

Piazza di Spagna 26, 00187

3. Casa di Goethe

There is no shortage of German inspiration in the Casa di Goethe, home of famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from 1786 to 1788. This apartment-turned-museum provides excerpts of Goethe’s diary, as well as letters from his time in Rome.

Other famous residents of the house over the years, included Paul Heyse, the first German writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature also lived in the house at one time.

Among the marks of Goethe’s life in Rome, visitors can also enjoy sketches and drawing from his friend, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein. Tischbein’s most famous painting, Goethe in the Campagna (pictured), depicted his friend relaxing in the Eternal City, and inspired Andy Warhol’s 1982 portrait of Goethe, which the museum proudly displays.

Via del Corso, 18, 00186

4. Colosseum

To find inspiration in Rome, don’t just pay homage to the greats before us. Visit the source of inspiration itself: the Colosseum. Here your ideas can grow as large this monument of the Flavian dynasty—the largest amphitheatre in the world.

A seemingly endless number of artists have been moved by the Colosseum. It’s beauty inspired Charles Dickens to write the 1846 travelogue, Pictures from Italy. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s visit inspired is 1860 romance, The Marble Faun. The Colosseum later inspired Mark Twain, Henry James, and, more recently, your greatest work.

5. Piazza di Colonna Trajana (Trajan’s Column)

Travelers looking to channel Italy’s legendary poet, Dante, should make a note to stand below Trajan’s column. Located within Trajan’s Forum, the column celebrates the Roman emperor’s victory in the Dacian Wars. Dante visited the column and described it in Purgatorio, Canto X.

Published: 11/15/2015

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