Literary Rome

For generations Piazza di Spagna has been visited by architects, painters, musicians and poets who all lodged here. Tobias Smollett, George Eliot, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce were just a few of the many who were attracted and inspired by the celebrated centro storico. Click on the blue plaques to see where some famous British and American residents lived.