Keats-Shelley200 Autumn Update

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We are greeting the beginning of Autumn with lots of activities and news.

  • In the first of a series of Keats-Shelley200 events at the House, we shared an intimate and intense reading from the Essential Poems of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley by actor Julian Sands, a long-time friend of the Keats-Shelley House, who joined us in Rome to commemorate the 200th anniversary of John Keats's voyage to Italy. Julian Sands's reading gives a new life to Keats's poetry, and includes passages from Lord Byron's and P. B. Shelley's production.
    The complete video of the performance is available for free on our Youtube channel:

  • The second in our series of Keats-Shelley200 digital events will be a performance of operatic songs inspired by Keats's verse put to music by some of the world's greatest composers. This will be launched on 15 November to mark the bicentenary of Keats's arrival in Rome.
  • Keats's voyage started on 17 September 1820, when the poet set sail from London towards Naples aboard the sailing brig Maria Crowther. It took him more than a month to reach the bay of Naples and almost another month to arrive, finally, in Rome on 15 November 1820. You can follow Keats's voyage to Italy on Google Earth.
  • We are pleased to announce that, in addition to regular group visits, the Keats-Shelley House is now offering online visits through a virtual tour of the museum but with a live guide. This experience may be offered in English or Italian and the standard price of €6.00 for regular visitors and €5.00 for over 65 and students. The virtual tour lasts approximately one hour, and must be booked in advance through the usual channels (06 678 42 35/
  • Special opening on Sunday 4 October!
    On Sunday the 4th of October the Keats-Shelley House is taking part in the Giornata Nazionale ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and will be open to the public during the usual times (10-13/ 14-18, last entrance 17:45). The entry will be free for those visitors who will have booked in advance by Saturday the 3rd of October ( 06 678 42 35), while the others may visit by paying the regular entrance fee (€6 or €5 according to the case).